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AFCON 2017: Uganda Cranes trains on Sunday at Stade Tchengue

Uganda Cranes enjoyed a second successive full training on Sunday but on a different stadium from the one used on Saturday night.

Cranes in Gabon for the Total 2017 AFCON Finals, used Stade Tchengue stadium which is opposite the main stadium for Tuesday’s game against Ghana.

Faruku Miya (M) getting close to the ball during training on Sunday morning.

All Cranes players were fully involved except for experienced Denis Iguma who was taken to hospital for an appointment with the dentist due to a problematic tooth.

Iguma later took part in the mandatory CAF briefing for the Uganda Cranes 35 contingent on media, marketing, security and refereeing ahead of Tuesday’s game.

L-R Goalkeeper Robert Odongkara, Godfrey Walusimbi and Geoffrey Sserunkuma in training

The official photo shoot in the same jersey (red shirts, black shorts) to be used in Cranes opening match for the players was also conducted at the Hotel Du Parc where the team is accommodated.

Shortly after the training Uganda Cranes coach Milutin Sredojevic was optimistic of Uganda Cranes chances.

Uganda Cranes players stretching as part of the training session on Sunday

‘We are here on merit. We have a huge following and suport from our people back home in Uganda. Let’s wait and see what happens on Tuesday but we are edging closer to a very historic day after 39 years without taking part in the AFCON finals’ said Micho.

Time for refreshments after training

Uganda Cranes skipper Geoffrey Massa said his teammates are more than ready.

‘The two training sessions have opened our eyes and we keep learning each passing day. We are here on a mission. Games between Uganda and Ghana are always closely contested’ said Massa.

Uganda Cranes will conduct the final training session on Monday morning at 11 O’clock at Stade Sogara-not main stadium for Tuesday’s game.

The local organizing Committee has already communicated to all Group D teams-Uganda, Ghana, Egypt and Mali that the main stadium will not be used as per usual rules and regulations.

However schedules have been released for all teams to conduct familiarization tours of the Main stadium for Uganda Cranes it will be at 6.15pm Local time in Gabon).

MAIN PHOTO: Uganda Cranes and Tusker FC defender Shafik Batambuze with the ball during Sunday’s training session at the Stade Tchengue in Port Gentil. Nicholas Wadada and Kizito Luwagga featuring on the same team during training were closing in one Batambuze. Tony Mawejje in pink top is monitoring the situation. 


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