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Uganda cranes all set for CHAN tournament in Algeria

BY JUMA KRUZ

Uganda Cranes look set to compete in the CHAN tournament in Algeria after a positive preparation they have been through in Tunisia according to the leader of delegation Dr Apollo Ahimbisibwe.

The team safely arrived in Algeria on the 11th as they get set to play their first game in the 2022 CHAN tournament against DR Congo after completing their final camp in Tunisia.

Uganda Cranes had three Friendly games which all ended in a draw, against Sudan 2-2, against Cameroon 1-1 and against Mali 0-0 with all games played in Tunisia.

Dr Apollo Ahimbisibwe a Member of FUFA Executive Committee and also the leader of the delegation explained how they benefited from the preparations in Tunisia

Dr Apollo Ahimbisibwe on arrival in Algeria

” Like it has always been a norm at FUFA that prior to a major tournament, We take National teams to foreign Camps  and create a situation that would give players a competitive mind. l believe the Camp in Souse has been fruitful, The Coaches  have been able to mould the team and  the players have developed  the bond necessary to take them into CHAN” He said

“In addition, we have acclimatized to things like Weather and food because Tunisia and Algeria are neighbours, We believe this was a perfect choice of venue to Camp. The friendly games have shown improvement  and Chemistry of the team and we are hopeful of doing better in the previous editions.”

Uganda is the only Country to have featured in  all 5 previous CHAN tournaments that are 2011, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 despite failing to Qualify from any CHAN group stage in above

Uganda was put in group B with teams like Senegal, Ivory Coast and neighbours DR Congo. It will have it’s first match against DR Congo on 14th January

Uganda Cranes Final CHAN squad

Goalkeepers

Nafian Alionzi (URA FC), Joel Mutakubwa (Gadaffi FC), Jack Komakech (Vipers SC)

Defenders:

Ashraf Mandela (Vipers SC), James Begisa (URA FC), Derrick Ndahiro (URA FC), Isa Mubiru (Vipers SC),  Hillary Mukundane (Vipers SC),  Kenneth Ssemakula (SC villa), Geofrey Wasswa (KCCA FC),  Gift Fred  (SC villa)

Midfielders:

Marvin Joseph Youngman (Vipers SC),  Abdul Karim Watambala (Vipers SC), Moses Waiswa (KCCA FC)

Forwards:

Milton karisa (Vipers SC), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers SC), Travis Mutyaba (SC villa),  Moses Aliro (Wakiso Giants FC),  Rogers Mato ( KCCA FC), Bright Anukani (Vipers SC), Titus Ssematimba (Wakiso Giants FC), Frank Ssebufu (Wakiso Giants FC),  Nelson Ssenkatuka (Soltilo Bright stars FC) .

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