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UPL stars dominate Cranes team to Ethiopia

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.

 

Travelled Delegation:

Officials:

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

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