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Uganda Cranes engage top gear with Preparations in Abu Dhabi

9 am & 6.45 pm Training at Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi Cricket Sports Complex.

2019 AFCON Fixtures in Egypt
22nd June Uganda vs Democratic Republic of  Congo
26th June  Uganda vs Zimbabwe
30th June Egypt vs Uganda

Head coach Sebastien Desabre will not stop reminding his players the value of camping in Abu Dhabi ahead of the Total AFCON Finals in Egypt 2019 that gets underway on 21st June.

With the numerical numbers still at 17 players in camp, the tactician has still gone ahead to get the best out of his players.  11 more players will join camp between 2nd and 7th June.

Warm up session for the Uganda Cranes players in Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning at Sheikh Zayed Stadium

‘You need to understand the importance of this camp in Abu Dhabi. I am happy with the attitude and the response to training. You are representing millions of fans back home and around the globe. They want to see you perform to your best’ said Sebastien before the players embarked on a warm-up session that helps the technical team check on the endurance of the stars.

Head coach Sebastien Desabre sends out instructions to his players from a distance as Timothy Awanyi listens keenly

With the current weather in Abu Dhabi, the morning session under the soaring heat would help the players adapt to the same environment they will find in Egypt.

The Frenchman later took the players through ball work with an emphasis on so many aspects of the game.

Goalkeeper Denis Onyango continued to train on his own under the guidance of Fred Kajoba as the other three goalkeepers Salim Jamal, Charles Lukwago and Robert Odongkara will only join later.

The Uganda Cranes will return to training later today at 7 pm at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium

Planning for AFCON Finals in Egypt: Head coach Sebastien Desabre with Faruku Miya during training in Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning
Uganda Cranes Captain Denis Onyango aims at a kick during training in Abu Dhabi at Sheikh Zayed Stadium
Khalid Aucho and Joseph Ochaya during training in Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning
Joseph Ochaya vs Waisswa Moses during training in Abu Dhabi
The busiest man ever in the early stages of every training session is here. Physical fitness Trainer Gerome D’Antonio
Physical fitness Trainer Gerome D’Antonio directs Goalkeeper Denis Onyango on how to go about the drills sets for him during training

Defenders Murushid Juuko and Bevis Mugabi believe the camp is adding value to understanding the coach’s tactics.

‘We have trained a few times and the intensity has picked up. We struggled on day one but all is fine now. We are working as a team and with a target to deliver. I request the fans to encourage us so that we can get the best results’ said Bevis Mugabi

Bevis Mugabi during training in Abu Dhabi

‘The atmosphere is good so far. Adapting to this environment will help us to gradually enjoy the weather in Egypt when the team reports for the AFCON Finals. We have played all the three teams in the past and we know what they can offer but we trust our coach with what he is technically sharing with us in training’ noted Murushid Juuko

Murushid Juuko (extreme right) is looking forward to improving each day during the camp in Abu Dhabi. L-R Joseph Ochaya, Derrick Nsibambi and Patrick Kaddu

MAIN PHOTO: Sweet left foot. Isaac Muleme goes for a direct freekick during training in Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning at Sheikh Zayed Stadium 


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