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Uganda Cranes return from CHAN, focus still remains to project Cameroon 2019

The Uganda Cranes contingent that played at the 2016 Orange African Nations Championships has returned home on Friday morning.

The players and officials jetted back by Air Rwanda at around 8:45 a.m.

They were received by the FUFA Second Vice President, Darious Mugoye.

Uganda drew two games against Mali (2-2) and Zimbabwe (1-1); losing to Zambia 1-0.

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The Uganda Cranes team that played the opening game against Mali. In the match, goalkeeper, Isma Watenga suffered a groin injury that ruled him out of the rest of the tournament. Team captain, Faruku Miya was also injured when he was pushed and fell awkwardly on his left shoulder. He missed the game against Zambia and only returned to play the last group game with Zimbabwe

The head coach, Milutin Sredojevic has picked positives from the tournament that is still going on in Rwanda.

“I give the players credit for the display even when the results did not go the way we expected. The team had fresh blood with a few experienced players. There are some players who have the potential to graduate to the senior team as we now switch focus to AFCON 2017 qualifiers and the World Cup 2018 QUALIFIERS in June 2016”

In the 2 all draw against Mali, team captain, Faruku Miya and Erisa Ssekisambu scored the goals.

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Uganda Cranes XI Vs Zimbabwe: L-R Standing – Joseph Ochaya, Joseph Nsubuga, Timothy Dennis Awany, Richard Jjuuko Kasagga, Bernard Muwanga, Faruku Miya (Captain). Front Row – Ivan Ntege, Erisa Ssekisambu, James Alitho, Kezironi Kizito, Isaac Muleme

Experienced striker, Geofrey Sserukuma had the goal in the one all draw with Zimbabwe.

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Striker Geofrey Sserunkuma celebrates his equalizer deep in injury time against Zimbabwe in the last group game

The FUFA technical team will review the overall performance of the Cranes and make recommendations.

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The Uganda Cranes head of delegation, also a FUFA Executive Committee member, Hamid Juma watches one of the training sessions while in Rwanda. On his right is the injured goalkeeper, Isma Watenga

In the meantime, the Azam Uganda Premier League, Uganda Cup and other local competitions will continue to be played as the national team’s detailed¬†programme awaits to be released.

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