Uganda Cranes team has arrived in Riyah, South Arabia where they will pitch camp and train ahead of the regional CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup.
Ahmed Hussien, the spokesperson of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) told Sport News Africa that the team which comprises 22 players who are under 23 and three senior players will also play two international friendly matches.
“The team will use the two games against Saudi Arabia’s national team, The Falcons on July 2 and July 5th to prepare for the CECAFA event,” added Hussien.
Ethiopia will host the CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup to start July 17th in the town of Bahir Dar.
Hussien said the trip is funded by the Saudi Arabian Football Association. Coach of Uganda’s team Morley Byekwaso said the trip comes at the right time because the friendly matches will help his team prepare better.
“This is a very good opportunity for the players to get more exposure,” added the coach.
Enock Walusimbi will skipper the team in the absence of Gavin Kizito who was dropped on medical grounds.
On June 10th, 2021 Uganda Cranes senior team lost 3-2 away to Bafana Bafana of South Africa in an international friendly match played in Soweto.
Goalkeepers: Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Eric Kibowa (UPDF FC), Matovu Hassan Muyomba (KCCA FC),
Defenders: Enock Walusimbi (Express FC), Abdu Aziizi Kayondo (Vipers SC), George Kaddu (Wakiso Giants FC), Musa Ramathan (KCCA FC), Kenneth Ssemakula (BUL FC), Magambo Peter (KCCA FC)
Midfielders: Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC), Abdul Karim Watambala (Vipers SC), Kyeyune Saidi (Unattached), Steven Sserwadda (KCCA FC), Bright Anukani (KCCA FC), Isma Mugulusi (Busoga United FC), Salim Abdallah (SC Villa).
Forwards: Mukwala Stephen Dese (URA FC), Ivan Bogere (Wakiso Giants FC), Saddam Masereka (SC Villa), Julius Poloto (KCCA FC), Richard Bassangwa (Vipers SC), Najib Yiga (Vipers SC), Hakim Kiwanuka (Proline FC), Derrick Kakooza (Police FC), Samuel Ssenyonjo (KCCA FC)
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