Uganda vs Turkmenistan, 10pm (Closed doors) –New York University
Uganda vs Ivory Coast (Open) –Sheikh Zayed Stadium
Uganda Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre has asked players camped in Abu Dhabi ahead of this month’s AFCON Finals in Egypt to take into account every chance that comes their way during training. With the preparations getting stiffer each passing day, the French tactician has briefed his players on the values of keeping fit and focused.
“I don’t expect any one of you to relax. We have two friendly matches before we fly out to Egypt. Give me every reason to pick you in the final squad. The mind and body of each player in camp must remain focused to make my work very easy when selecting the final 23 next week,” noted Desabre.
The training continued on Thursday with morning and evening sessions at the Abu Dhabi Cricket Sports Complex. Lumala Abdu, who plays for Syrianska FC in Sweden, believes that the players in camp are talented and ready for the task.
“I have received a warm reception in camp. It is an honour to join a group that has Africa’s best goalkeeper Denis Onyango. There is something special in this camp. We are ready for the tournament but the matches lined up for us before we travel will give us the chance to check on how much we have covered,” he said.
26 players are now in camp but will be joined by Charles Lukwago and Mike Azira before end of the week