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Miya and Onyango join camp, FIFA referee Batte to handle Uganda vs Zambia international friendly

International friendly

Uganda vs Zambia

Charges: 10,000/- Ordinary, 20,000/- VIP

8th Nov, 2016 at 4pm


2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier

Group E: Uganda vs Congo Brazzaville

At 4pm on 12th November, 2016

Charges: 25,000/- (Ordinary), 60,000/- (VIP) and 150,000/- (VVIP)

Note: All matches at Nambole stadium


International referee Denis Batte and three other FIFA referees Hussein Bugembe, Okello Lee and Alex Muhabi have been appointed to handle the International friendly match between Uganda Cranes and Zambia on Tuesday afternoon (4pm) at Mandela National stadium.

The match will be used by Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic as a build up to Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifier against Congo Brazzaville  while Zambia play Cameroon in western Africa.

It will be the first time Uganda Cranes play in-front of their home fans at Namboole since qualification to the 2017 AFCON finals for the first time in 38 years.

Faruku Miya, Juuko, Onyango join camp

Miya who scored a memrobale goal on 4th September 2016 at Namboole to take Uganda back to the table of men at the AFCON finals arrived at 11pm on Monday and went straight to camp at Sky Hotel in Nalya.

Denis Onyango who plays his club football in South Africa with Mamelodi Sundowns and became the first Ugandan to win the CAF Champions League medal joined also the camp after jetting in last night. Onyango will be a beneficiary of a land title from Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) for his exemplary performance during the CAF Champions League.

Murushid Juuko who plays with Simba in Tanzania arrived last night as well and is in camp.

Onyango (R) jetted in last night.

Uganda Cranes train at Namboole on Monday

Fresh from winning the Kenya Premier League title, Shafik Batambuze wasted little time as he joined the camp on Monday morning and was part of the training session at Namboole stadium. he was joined by historic captain Geoffrey Massa as well as Aucho Khalid,  William Luwagga Kizito, Yassar Mugerwa,  Isaac Isinde and Robert Odongkara.

Mike Azira will jet in tomorrow night while Ronald Mukiibi  on Tuesday at 10pm.

There was a moment of brotherhood as both sets of players (Uganda and Zambia) gathered in the middle of the Namboole turf for a group photo. Zambia has just completed their traning session to pave way for Uganda Cranes.

Follow these directions -Micho showing his players to set themselves up during training on Monday.

List of Uganda Cranes players at Namboole on  Monday

Ismail Watenga, Robert Odongkara, Benjamin Ochan, Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Nsubuga, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Joseph Ochaya, Tonny Mawejje, Moses Oloya, Yunus Sentamu, Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito, Geoffrey Serunkuma, Derrick Nsibambi,Dennis Iguma, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Yassar Mugerwa, Shafiq Batambuze, William Luwagga Kizito,  Geoffrey Massa and Khalid Aucho, Awanyi Timothy , Muzamil Mutyaba,  Saddam Juma and Vitalis Tabu Abdul Malik

Players reduced from camp

Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic says that the players reduced from the camp are still part of future plans laid out for Uganda Cranes. The Serbian coach is busy planning for two international fixtures starting with Tuesday’s friendly against Zambia before taking on Congo Brazzaville in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifier at Mandela National stadium on Saturday.

As Micho welcomes more players in camp, he has had to reduce the numbers in camp to accommodate the 19 foreign based stars he summoned last week.

On Monday afternoon, Micho reduced his squad by 8 players and these are; Okoth Denis, Kassaga Richard, Lwaliwa Khalid, Kizito Keziron, Erisa Sekisambu, Lwesibawa Godfrey, Kayiwa Allan, Kagimu Shafik.

‘The players reduced from camp are still part of the future plans with Uganda Cranes. We have the CECAFA tournament coming up and other international engagements for the National team before the close of the year’ Micho told

‘I will engage these players after the 2018 FIFA world cup qualifier against Congo Brazzaville’ added Micho who led Uganda Cranes to the AFCON Finals for the first time since 1978.

MAIN PHOTO: Miya controlling the ball in one of the Cranes international fixtures. He scored the goal on 4th Sept 2016 at Namboole that brought joy to many Ugandans after 38 years of waiting for qualification to the 2017 AFCON Finals in Gabon.

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