Uganda national men’s senior football team, Uganda Cranes capped their training session in Dubai with a capacity building session on Monday evening.
The exercise that was facilitated by FUFA Executive Committee member Ronnie Kalema ended the Cranes’ nine days training camp in Dubai.
According to the FUFA website, Kalema, also the Uganda Football Referees Association (UFRA) chairman took participants through a one-hour session targeted at capacity-building amongst players and coaches based on important corner stones.
Kalema highlighted players and coaches must prove their worth to the game.
Kalema, also former FIFA Referee promised more support on behalf of FUFA at all costs to ensure they achieve their number one goal that is to become the best team in Africa on and off the pitch.
‘Our vision of becoming the number one football nation in Africa on and off the pitch. The world of football has changed dramatically over the last few decades, and every country faces it’s own challenges in coping with these changes. If we want to promote the game in Uganda, we must be ready to meet the needs of our strategy as FUFA. This is the idea behind the Pro Agenda programme that offers such a vast array of different possibilities to enhance the capacity of National team, staff (players and coaches). All internal football stakeholders of FUFA ought to know what’s going on at FUFA so as to have a sense of Belonging & accountable to one another.’ Kalema remarked.
Uganda Cranes Head coach Johnathan McKinstry and national teams officer Paul Mukatabala also contributed with different statements that carried forth the same message to the players.
The team is expected to return back home on Tuesday at 10am with Joseph Ochaya and Jamal Salim who will later connect to their respective clubs while the rest of the foreign based players will fly direct to their clubs from Dubai.
Scottish based defender Bevis Mugabi and midfielder Allan Kyambadde who is stationed in Egypt have already flown back to their respective clubs.
The camp is in line with the Cameroon 2022 AFCON tournament qualifiers as well as the 2020 Cameroon CHAN Tournament.
Players who were part of the camp in Dubai:
Charles Lukwago (KCCA, Uganda), Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume, Uganda), Milton Karisa (Vipers, Uganda), David Owori (SC Villa, Uganda), Bright Anukani (KCCA, Uganda), Saidi Kyeyune (URA, Uganda), Paul Mbowa (URA, Uganda), Samuel Kato (KCCA, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers SC), Shafiq Kagimu (URA, Uganda), Karim Watambala (Vipers, Uganda), Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell, Scotland), Farouk Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC), Elvis Bwomono (Southend United), Salim Jamal (Al Hilal Omdurman, Sudan), Roy Jayden Onen (Reading, England), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Allan Kateregga (Erbil SC, Iraq), Alexis Bbakka (Umea FC, Sweden), Alex Kakuba (CD Cova Piedade, Portugal), Edrisa Lubega (Paide Linameskond).
Leader of Delegation: Ronnie Kalema (FUFA Executive Committee member)
Johnathan McKinstry (Head coach), Abdallah Mubiru (Assistant Coach), Livingston Mbabazi (Assistant Coach), Ibrahim Mugisha (Goalkeeping Coach), Alexander McCarthy (Fitness Trainer), Felix Ayobo (Sport Scientist), Emmanuel Nakabago (Doctor), Regan Innocent Baluku (Doctor), Samuel Mulondo (Kitman), Geoffrey Massa (Team manager), Paul Mukatabala (Team officer), Ronald Lusulire (Media Officer).