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Total AFCON-Egypt 2019 Preparations: Cranes Enter Residential Camp, Desabre addresses media

Total AFCON 2O19:

Group A

Democratic Republic of Congo




Democratic Republic of Congo Vs Uganda
26/6/2019: Uganda Vs Zimbabwe
30/6/2019: Uganda Vs Egypt

The Uganda Cranes’ preparations for the Total AFCON Finals 2019 got underway on Monday with a preliminary squad of 19 players entering residential camp at Kabira Country Club, Bukoto.

Brief address by the Uganda Cranes Head coach Sebastien Desabre

While attending the first ever Media session (Question and Answer), Uganda Cranes Coach Sebastien Desabre told the press that he started with locally based players who are not in action since them have completed their fixtures.

The residential camp will take a fortnight in which period two practice games will be played on Thursday 23rd May (against the COSAFA bound Cranes) and the second one on the 25th May 2019 with a team yet to be known, both games at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

“I will name the list of 26 players on 21st May 2019 (including foreign-based players) for the Abu Dhabi camp from which 23 players will make the final Squad to Egypt for the AFCON Finals.

Uganda Cranes coach during the Q&A media session at Kabira Country club

“We shall play two friendly matches against an unnamed opponent on 9th June 2019  and then with Ivory Coast on 15th June 2019, before flying to Cairo,” Desabre told the media.

Selected Questions 

Media: Can you brief us on players like Hassan Wasswa and Godfrey Walusimbi who currently aren’t engaged with any clubs?  Are you not concerned about their fitness or you have a special programme for them?

Sebastien Desabre: After the (final qualifier) Tanzania game, we put in place a methodology to monitor all players like Hassan Wasswa and Walusimbi Godfrey where we get routine feedback about their progress on fitness levels. We have also been monitoring players who were recovering from injury like Sadam Juma and Moses Waiswa.

Uganda Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre with FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein

Media: Don’t you have some other options than considering players who haven’t been active?

Sebastien Desabre: For me, the most important issue is preparing the boys to get ready for the game. Our job is to prepare players for the official date which is 22nd June 2019. Many players had their seasons end early and I’m sure they don’t share the same fitness levels but then we shall prepare them for the six weeks we are to spend with them and by the time of the first game, they will all be on the same level.

Media: You have named two squads-AFCON and COSAFA. Will you take charge of all the two teams?

Sebastien Desabre: I can’t take charge of both teams.  We have coaches who were appointed to take charge of the COSAFA team and those are Abdallah Mubiru as head coach assisted by Morley Byekwaso, Sadiq Wassa as the goalkeeping coach while Geoffrey Massa will be Team Coordinator.

FULL  Media Session (Q & A) 

Players who have reported to Camp at Kabira Country club and later trained at Mandela National Stadium, Nambole

Goalkeepers: Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), James Alitho (URA FC),

Defenders: Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town FC), Disan Galiwango (Express FC), Godfrey Walusimbi (Unattached), Awanyi Timothy (KCCA FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Mujuzi Mustafa (Proline FC)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Churchill Brothers), Hassan Wasswa (unattached), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Allan Okello (KCCA FC), Moses Waiswa (Vipers SC)

Forwards: Daniel Isiagi (Al Nassr FC- Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Juma Balinya (Police FC), Patrick Kaddu (KCCA FC), Dan Mzee Sserunkuma (Vipers)