By: Daniel Nsubuga
Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has named a 25 man squad to travel to Morocco. Proline striker Daniel Isiagi and SC Villa’s Godfrey Lwesibawa have failed to make the grade.
The team will set off today at 3:00 pm. They are expected to have two friendly matches against Cameroon and Congo Brazaville from which the coach will assess the final 23.
There are only 6 survivors from the squad that represented Uganda at the previous edition in Rwanda, among others is current captain Bernard Muwanga, Joseph Nsubuga, Ismael Watenga, Muzamir Mutyaba, Timothy Awanyi and Isaac Muleme.
After Wednesday’s early morning training session, the coach said,
“I am glad that I now know the players by name and face, I think it’s very nice that we are going to camp and work on team cohesion and the way we are going to prepare for the tournament”
“I have worked alongside my staff because they knew the players very well, I was also able to watch the CECAFA championships in December to assess the players who fit in my tactical philosophy and system.”
On the targets of the team, Desabre stretched that,
“We hope to play for better results, we want to go past the group stages and it will be Uganda’s first time and then we shall approach each game as it falls due. The most important is the first game of the competition because it’s a 4 team group with 3 games and the first game against Zambia is the most important “.
Ochan Benjamin, Ismael Watenga, Saidi Keni
Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Nsubuga, Timothy Awany, Bernard Muwanga, Mustapha Mujjuzi, Aggrey Madoi, Isaac Muleme, Mustapha Kizza
Milton Karisa, Paul Mucurezi, Allan Kyambadde, Seif Batte, Rahmat Senfuka, Abubaker Kasule, Tadeo Lwanga, Moses Waisswa, Saddam Juma, Muzamil Mutyaba, Tom Masiko
Shaban Muhammad, Derrick Nsibambi , Nelson Senkatuka.
Uganda will base in the city of Marrakesh and their first game in on the 14th of January 2018 against Zambia.
Uganda are in group B alongside Ivory Coast, Namibia, and Zambia. The Championship kicks off on the 12th of January to the 4th of February 2018.