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AFCON Finals 2019: Uganda Cranes Delegation Arrives Safely in Abu Dhabi for Training Camp

The Uganda Cranes delegation that departed the country for Abu Dhabi on Monday morning (4am) reached their final destination at 2:55 PM (East African Time, 3.55pm in Abu Dhabi).

All the players and officials on board reached safely before checking in at  Park Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

The group was also joined by Egyptian based striker Derrick Nsibambi while in Abu Dhabi.

They are expected to conduct their opening session on Tuesday morning (9:30 AM) and again in the afternoon (5:30 PM).

Team captain Denis Onyango expects great benefits from this training camp which will further prepare them for the 2019 TOTAL AFCON Championship in Egypt.

The players have trained well in Kampala for two weeks to boost the fitness levels. I believe the camp in Abu Dhabi will further help the team and polish us up. Also, the weather will be a great deal for acclimization just like the weather in Egypt‘ Dennis Onyango stated.

The team head of delegation, Issa Magoola, a FUFA Executive Committee member narrates the successful journey traveled from Entebbe.

We traveled well from Entebbe through Cairo to Abu Dhabi. We were joined by one player Derrick Nsibambi and the rest are expected starting Tuesday. Everyone on the team is safe and ready for the camp.‘ Issa Magoola, head of delegation.

Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, the vice captain of the Uganda Cranes

We started the camp a little bit much earlier in Kampala so that we can boost our fitness levels under the coaches. This has been intend helpful. I have the hope that by the time we end this training camp in Abu Dhabi, we shall be fully fit for the tournament in Egypt. At this juncture, I rally upon the fans to be behind us at all times. We are confident and shall not disappoint’ expressed Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, the team vice captain.

Uganda Cranes is in group A alongside hosts Egypt, Zimbabwe and neighbours Democratic Republic of Congo.

Left backs affair: Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu” Walusimbi (left) with Isaac Muleme

Players in Abu Dhabi:

Denis Masinde Onyango, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Timothy Denis Awanyi, Godfrey Walusimbi, Patrick Henry Kaddu, Bevis Mugabi, Isaac Muleme, Khalid Aucho, Taddeo Lwanga, Allan Kyambadde, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Moses Waiswa, Derrick Nsibambi and Murushid Jjuuko

From the left; Ivan Ssewanyana, Tadeo Lwanga and Mathias Lule
Ayub Balyejusa with the lead of delegation Issa Magoola (right)
L-R: Head coach Sebastien Desabre, Trainer Antonio D’Jerome and assistant coach Mathias Lule.

Team Officials

  • Leader of Delegation: Mr. Issa Magoola
  • Head coach: Sebastien Desabre
  • Assistant coach: Mathias Lule
  • Goalkeeper coach: Fred Kajoba
  • Team Doctor: Dr. Ronald Kisolo
  • Team Coordinator: Crispus Muyinda
  • Physiotherapist: Dr. Ivan Ssewanyana
  • Team Chiropractor: Dr. Charles Sebwana
  • Media: Ahmed Hussein
  • Physical Fitness trainer: Jerome D’Antonio
  • Kit Managers: Lawrence Kizito and Ayub Balyejusa

MAIN PHOTO: The Uganda Cranes team leaders Denis Onyango (Captain) and his vice Hassan Wasswa Mawanda

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