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AFCON: Uganda Cranes Arrive in Egypt

Donned in black suites, white shirts and yellow ties a contingent of 23 players and 13 officials touched base in Egypt at the Cairo international Airport.

The team that arrived at 7:30PM local time on Monday, are appearing at the Continental showdown for the seventh time.

The contingent was received by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) protocol team before they were awarded a plaque by the Egyptian Airport Authority and then headed to their offical team Bus.

The Cranes national team is accommodated at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cairo.

Joseph Ochaya was all smiles. FUFA

“We arrived safely from Abu Dhabi and the glory goes to the Almighty Allah,” said Cranes media officer Ahmed Hussein.

The latest development has it that Midfielder Ibrahim Saddam Juma will fly home on June 18th – Juma was among the cranes team that spent three weeks preparation in Abu Dhabi.

It should be remembered that Juma, Krizestom Ntambi and striker Alex Bakka were dropped as Coach Sebastien Desabre cut his squad to the final 23.

Some of the Cranes Players at the arrival. FUFA

The Cranes kick off their Group A games on Saturday against Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the Cairo international stadium.

Zimbabwe and hosts Egypt are the other Group A teams cranes will face.

The Contingent

The 23 Man’s Squad

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia)

Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Brian Ronald Ddungu Mukiibi (Ostersunds, Sweden), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England), Isaac Muleme (FK Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Un attached), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Godfrey Walusimbi (Un-attached)

Midfielders: Mike Azira (Montreal Impact, Canada), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), William Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazakhstan), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska, Sweden), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda)

Strikers: Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania)

Officials:

Leader of Delegation: Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi

FUFA President: Moses Magogo

Executive Committee Members: Issa Magola, Hamid Juma, Abdul Ssekabira, Rogers Byamukama

Head coach: Sebastien Desabre

Assistant coach: Mathias Lule

Goalkeeper coach: Fred Kajoba

Team Doctor: Dr. Ronald Kisolo

Physiotherapist: Dr. Ivan Ssewanyana

Team Chiropractor: Dr. Charles Sebwana

Media: Ahmed Hussein

Physical Fitness trainer: Gerome D’Antonio

Kit Managers: Lawrence Kizito and Ayub Balyejusa

Finance Director: Decolas Kiiza

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