It was a sombre mood as Uganda Cranes contingent returned in the country after a miserable loss to South Sudan.
The Cranes, who lost 1-0 to South Sudan on Monday, checked in at Entebbe International Airport on Tuesday at 1:30pm.
Four players – Edirisa Lubega (Paide Linnameeskond, Estonia), Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds FK, Sweden), Elvis Bwomono (Southend, England) and Farouk Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey) were not part of the returning contingent.
The Quartet returned to Europe ahead of their club engagements.
Uganda are second in the group B of the AFCON Qualifiers with seven points, one behind leaders Burkina Faso.
The Cranes will host Burkina Faso and visit Malawi in March next year.
The Cranes team of locally based players are expected to kickoff CHAN preparations midway next month.