Cranes players training recently. Courtesy photo
Uganda Cranes’ preparation for their forthcoming Africa Cup of nations qualification campaign got off to a slow start.
Jonathan Mckinstry handled just four of the summoned 25 players who managed to turn up in a session held at StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.
Hassan Wasswa (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Emmanuel Okwi (Ittihad, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt) and Taddeo Lwanga (Tanta, Egypt) were the four players.
However, there may not be cause for alarm as most of the players are expected to fly in the country and will attend the subsequent training sessions.
“We are focussed,” assistant captain Hassan Wasswa told Next Media’s Grace Mbabazi. “We are ready to give 100% and we are extra motivated ahead of this qualification campaign as we know what is at stake.”
Five players who ply their trade in the Uganda Premier League were summoned on the team but never showed up because of local engagements.
The UPL players are Fahad Bayo, Halid Lwaliwa, Allan Okello, Nicholas Kasozi and Charles Lukwago.
It should be noted that Cranes-regional tour bound team, made of locally based players, will kickoff their training session at Lugogo on Thursday.
Uganda Cranes face Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou on November 13 before facing Malawi on November 17 at Namboole.