Uganda’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying preparations moved into the penultimate gear as coach Micho Sredojevic and his boys set off for Ethiopia on Thursday morning.
The Cranes will play the hosts on Sunday as the final test before opening their World Cup campaign against Kenya in Nairobi on Sept 2.
They will then welcome Mali to Kampala four days later.
Of the squad that boarded the Ethiopian Airlines on Thursday, over 95 per cent of the players are from the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
Team captain Emmanuel Arnold Okwi leads the team, with Egyptian based winger Abdu Lumala also joining them having arrived in Uganda on Wednesday.
“We have prepared well since day one of training,” said Okwi.
“The response of the players has been top notch and we are ready to give our best.”
While in Ethiopia, more players will join the camp. Khalid Aucho and Taddeo Lwanga who ply their trade in Tanzania will will join the camp.
Leader of Delegation: Isa Magoola
Head coach: Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic
Assistant coach: Moses Basena
Goalkeeping coach: Fred Kajoba Kisitu
Performance Coach: Franck Plaine
Fitness Coach: Felix Ayobo
Team Coordinator: Geofrey Massa
National Teams’ Officer: Paul Mukatabala
Team Physician: Emmanuel Nakabago
Team Physiotherapist: Ivan Ssewanyana
Kit Manager 1: Ayub Balyejusa
Kit Manager 2: Samuel Mulondo
Media Officer: David Isabirye
Players: Charles Lukwago, Joel Mutakubwa, Enock Walusimbi, Innocent Esimu Wafula, Abdu Aziizi Kayondo, Halidi Lwaliwa, Murushid Juuko, Gavin Mugweri Kizito, Kenneth Ssemakula, Denis Iguma, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Shafik Kuchi Kagimu, Ibrahim Orit, Milton Karisa, Steven Dese Mukwala, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Captain), Richard Basangwa, Yunus Junior Sentamu, Abdu Lumala, Martin Kizza