The Uganda National senior football team is called the ‘Uganda Cranes’ and is managed by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA).
The current head coach of the Uganda Cranes is Jonathan McKinstry. He was appointed on 30th Sept 2019 and replaced Frenchman Sebastien Desabre whose contract was ended by mutual consent. On his first assignment in charge of the Cranes as the head coach, McKinstry won Ethiopia 1-0 away in Bahr Dar Town on 13th October 2019.
The team captain is Denis Onyango who took over the reins from Geoffrey Massa after quitting international football in mid-2017. Onyango plays his club football with Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa. The assistant captain is Hassan Wasswa who plays for Al Ittihad Jedda in Saudi Arabia.
Uganda Cranes Coaches since 1969
- Burkhard Pape – 1969-1972
- David Otti – 1973-1974
- Westerhoff Otto – 1974-1975
- Peter Okee – 1976-1981, 1983
- Bidandi Ssali- 1982
- George Mukasa – 1984-1985
- Barnabas Mwesigwa – 1986-1988
- Robert Kiberu – 1988-1989
- Polly Ouma – 1989-1995
- Timothy Ayieko – 1995-1996
- Asuman Lubowa – 1996-1999
- Paul Hasule – 1999
- Harrison Okagbue 1999-2001
- Paul Hasule- 2001-2003
- Pedro Pasculi – 2003
- Leo Adraa – 2003-2004
- Mike Mutebi – 2004
- Mohammood Abbas – 2004-2006
- Laszlo Csaba- 2006-2008
- Bobby William- 2008-2013
- Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic – 2013-2017
- Moses Basena –August 2017 – 27th December 2017
- Sébastien Desabre – 28th December 2017 – 6th July 2019
- Abdallah Mubiru – 10th July 2019 (Interim)
- Jonathan McKinstry 30th Sept – Now
The Cranes qualified for AFCON in Egypt 2019 for the second concecutive time after a successfull qualification perfomance in Group L were the East African giants finished on top with 13 points.
In AFCON 2019 Uganda Cranes was placed in Group A together with the hosts Egypt, DRC and Zimbabwe.
In the first match at the Cairo International Stadium. Uganda Cranes defeated DRC 2-0 curtesy of Patrick Kaddu and Emmanuel Okwi. In the second game, Uganda Cranes drew 1-1 with Zimbabwe before losing to the hosts 2-0 in the last group game.
The Cranes Progressed to the round of 16 after finishing in the 2nd position with 4 points from 3 games. At the last 16, Uganda Cranes fell to Senegal 1-0 and finished 15th out of the 24 teams that played in the tournament.
In the AFCON 2021 qualifier, Uganda Cranes was drawn in Group B together with Malawi, Burkina Faso, Seychelles or South Sudan. The first match for the Cranes will be away in Ouagadougou against Burkina Faso between 1th and 19th November 2019.
Uganda Cranes 23 man squad to 2017 AFCON Finals in Gabon (Shirt numbers in blue):
1 – Robert Odongkara (Saint George, Ethiopia), 2 – Joseph Ochaya (KCCA), 3 – Geoffrey Kizito (Than Quang Ninh, Vietnam), 4 – Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), 5 – Isaac Isinde, 6 – Tony Mawejje (Thotur, Iceland), 7 – Sentamu Junior Yunus (Ilves, Finnland), 8 – Khalid Aucho (Baroka, South Africa), 9 -Geofrey Sserunkuma (KCCA, Uganda), 10 – Luwagga William Kizito (Rio Ave, Portugal), 11– Geoffrey Massa (Baroka, South Africa), 12 – Denis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), 13 – Moses Oloya (Hanoi T and T, Vietnam), 14 – Nico Wadada Wakiro (Vipers, Uganda), 15 – Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya), 16 – Hassan Mawanda Wasswa (Nijmeh, Lebabon),17 – Faruku Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium), 18 – Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), 19 – Magoola Salim Omar (El Merriekh, Sudan), 20 – Awany Timothy Dennis (KCCA, Uganda), 21– Muhammad Shaban (Onduparaka, Uganda), 22 – Batambuze Shafik (Tusker, Kenya), 23 – Azira Michael (Colorado Rapids, USA)
Uganda Cranes was named CAF Best Team of the year 2016 and captain Denis Onyango was Awarded best African player and the best goalkeeper on the continent.
In the 2017 AFCON Finals in Gabon Uganda qualified and finished 13th overall.
Uganda Cranes was in Group D with Egypt, Ghana, and Mali.
World Cup record
Africa Cup of Nations record
- 1957 to 1959 – Did not enter
- 1962 – Fourth place
- 1963 – Withdrew
- 1965 – Did not qualify
- 1968 – Round 1
- 1970 to 1972 – Did not qualify
- 1974 – Round 1
- 1976 – Round 1
- 1978 – Runners up to Ghana who won 2-0 in Kumasi
- 1980 to 1982 – Withdrew
- 1984 to 1988 – Did not qualify
- 1990 – Withdrew
- 1992 to 2013 – Did not qualify
- 2015 – Did not qualify
- 2019– Fifteenth
Uganda Cranes finished 2nd in Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier Group E with nine points but lost the first place to Egypt.
The Cranes began Total 2019 AFCON Qualifier in Group L with a 1-0 away win in Cape Verde on 11th June 2017.
Uganda drew with Tanzania 0-0 in Kampala on 8th September 2018, received maximum points with a back to back win over Lesotho (3-0 & 2-0) on 10th and 13th October 2018, beaten Cape Verde on 16th November 2018 by 1-0 scored by Patrick Kaddu in Mandela Stadium Nambole the win confirmed Cranes qualification to the 2019 AFCON. In the final group game, the Cranes lost to Tanzania 3-0 away in Dara es Salam on 22nd March 2019
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