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CAF BEACH SOCCER QUALIFIERS: Uganda Sand Cranes Embark on Preparations

CAF 2015 Beach Soccer Qualifiers:

1st Round:

1st Leg: 13th – 15th Feb: Cameroon Vs Uganda,

2ND leg (20th – 22nd Feb: Uganda Vs Cameroon)

2nd Round:

1st Leg: 13th- 15th March: Winner
Uganda/Cameroon Vs Ghana, 2nd Leg (20th – 22nd March 2015)

Final Tournament: 14th -19th April 2015, Seychelles

The Uganda National team, The Sand Cranes started non-residential training on Wednesday afternoon at Lido Beach in Entebbe.

Only 15 players turned up for the first training session with the rest of the players expected by the close of the week.

In the absence of the head coach for the opening session, assistant coach, Peter Sseguya took the players through the paces.

The team will have a residential training next week in the run to the games.

Uganda Sand Cranes landed a tough draw where they will have to skip two West African nations if they are to make it to the April 2015 final tournament in Seychelles.

Uganda faces Cameroon in the first round in a two legged affair in February 2015 with the winner playing Ghana for the available slot in the finals.

Ninteen teams will be engaged in the qualification matches over the two rounds.

Nine teams have been exempted from the first round qualifiers basing on their participation in the 2013 Championships which was hosted in Jadida, Morocco as well as their official ranking.

The 9 are; Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, Morocco, Nigeria, Egypt, Madagascar, Libya, South Africa and Uganda’s likely second round opponent, Ghana.

First Round Draws:

Uganda plays Cameroon, Tunisia plays Mali, Sudan entertains Djibouti and Mauritius engages Mozambique before the East African derby of Kenya versus Tanzania.

Second Round fixtures:

Ivory coast awaits the winner of Kenya/Tanzania, Morocco will play the winner from Sudan vs Djibouti, Tunisia is booked for the winner of Mali Vs Senegal, Madagasacar Vs South Africa, Nigeria Vs Libya and Ghana awaits the winner of Uganda Vs Cameroon.

The full squad:

Goal Keepers: Michael Kalule (MUBS), Nasser Lwamunda (Buwanika Bulls United), Ashadu Bugembe (YMCA)

Defenders: Derrick Tekkwo (Captain) – YMCA, Davis Kasujja (MUBS), Douglas Muganga (Nkumba Select), Ambrose Naturinda (YMCA)

Midfielders: Baker Lukooya (MUBS), Saidi Latif (Real Galacticals), Yasser Mugerwa (Nkumba Select), Dennis Sserukwaya (Real Galacticals), Abraham Lubowa (Zaba Super Market), Hamim Ssemakula Tebusweke (Kayunga Town Council)

Forwards: John Revita (Real Galacticals), Brian Nkuubi (MUBS), Roch Somoka (Nkumba Select), Nicholas Kamya (Dalumba – Richmond), Ismail Kagingo (KIU), Phillip Lwezaula (St Lawrence University), Emma Kalwoya (St Lawrence University)

MAIN PHOTO: Some of the Uganda Sand Cranes Players at Lido Beach on Wednesday.

PHOTO CREDITS: FUFA Communications Department

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