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Captain Okwi, Lumala boost Uganda Cranes camp in preparation for South Africa build up

International Build Up match: 10th June 2021

South Africa Vs Uganda – Orlando Stadium, Soweto

The Uganda Cranes camp has been boosted by the timely arrival of the foreign based legion led by the newly appointed team captain Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Abdu Lumala and Mustafa Kizza.

These three players were part of the team’s training session on Wednesday at Omondi Stadium, Lugogo.

Abdu Lumala during training
Mustafa Kizza

Egypt based Okwi expressed gratitude upon the special role assigned to him as he also hailed the great work of his predecessor, Denis Onyango.

‘It is a great honour to lead the team as new captain and I thank the Almighty God. I have spoken to the players and welcomed the new ones onto the team’ Okwi stated.

Emma Okwi during training today at Lugogo

Mutual respect:

‘As a captain, I have reminded them that we all respect each other regardless of age. The previous captain Denis Onyango congratulated me and wished me the very best. Onyango besides being my captain is also my good friend. He served us well and he is still with the team spiritually’ he added.

Essence of the upcoming international build up:

Okwi hailed the planning of FUFA for this international friendly match, which he believes will further spur the team and assist in planning.

‘I believe that the friendly against South Africa will push us. South Africa is a good side and like us, rebuilding the team. This match will help us to plan for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers’ Okwi disclosed.

Day four of the Uganda Cranes training will take place on Martyrs’ Day (3rd June 2021) at same venue at 9am.

Meanwhile, the technical team added four more players; Geofrey Wasswa (Sc Villa), Steven Mukwala (URA FC), Tom Ikara and Yusuf Ssozi (all from Police FC).

Yusuf Ssozi
Steven Mukwala
Goalkeeper Tom Ikara

Some players were released to feature for their clubs in the Stanbic Uganda Cup Quarterfinals but will return immediately to camp after the matches.

Trained on Wednesday:

Goalkeepers: Tom Ikara, Charles Lukwago, Simon Tamale

Defenders: Murushid Juuko, Enock Walusimbi, Innocent Wafula, Mustafa Kizza, Hassan Muhamood, Patrick Mbowa, Kenneth Ssemakula

Midfielders: Yusuf Ssozi, Abdul Lumala, Steven Sserwadda, Joseph Akandwanaho, Ivan Sserubiru, Bright Anukani, Shafic Kagimu, Isma Mugulusi, Bright Anukani

Forwards: Emmanuel Okwi (Captain), Steven Desse Mukwala, Derrick Kakooza

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