Uganda Cranes began preparations for the forthcoming TotalEnergies African Nations Championship Qualifiers on Monday.
The team entered residential camp at Cranes Paradise Hotel, Kisasi and later had a training session at Kampala Quality Primary School Playground.
Coach Milutin Sredojevic alias Micho indicated the opening days will be about getting players to the best fitness levels.
“We have held our first training session and it is important for us to start very early. Given the fact that we are in off season, we need to lift the fitness levels of players so that by the time we play, they are in perfect shape.”
The Coach also indicated that the team will later have friendly matches.
“We shall continue training up to 15th August and then get some friendly matches to continue gauging the progress of the team.”
Uganda will play the winner between Somalia and Tanzania at the final qualification hurdle.
The first leg will take place between 26th -28th August while Uganda will host the return leg on 3rd September at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
Uganda is seeking to play at the final tournament for a sixth time have featured in the previous five editions (2011, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020).
Players currently in camp
Nafian Alionzi (URA FC), Emmanuel Kalyowa (BUL FC), Denis Otim (Express FC), Mathias Muwanga (Onduparaka FC)
Najib Fesali (URA FC), Joseph Bright Vuni (Arua Hill SC), Kenneth Ssemakula (SC Villa), Walter Ochora (BUL FC), Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa), James Begisa (URA FC), Hillary Onek (BUL FC), Brian Mato (Proline FC), Derrick Ndahiro (URA FC), George Kaddu (Wakiso Giants FC)
George Kasonko (BUL FC), Titus Ssematimba(Wakiso Giants FC), Saidi Kyeyune (URA FC), Simon Peter Oketch (BUL FC)
Travis Mutyaba (SC Villa), Moses Aliro (Wakiso Giants FC), Ibrahim Mugulusi (Unattached), Martin Kizza (Express FC), Rashid Kawawa (Arua Hill SC), Richard Basangwa (Gaddafi FC), Oscar Mawa (SC Villa)
*Credit: FUFA media.