Uganda Cranes coach Desabre named the final squad

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Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre named the final 23-man team to take part in the Total AFCON Finals in Egypt 10 days from now.

The squad was named after 3 weeks of intense camp in Dubai where they will fly to Egypt a head of the continental showpiece.

A number of 14 players who were at the AFCON in Gabon will make a return while 9 are debutants in the squad that will be captained by Africa`s number one goalkeeper Denis Onyango of Mamelodi Sundowns being the longest serving players in the squad currently.

“ It’s the hardest moment for any coach especially if all players are good and we had a good time and good weeks to access every player to detail because we need to be on point and we decided according to performance although some players were dropped due to injuries ” Sebastien Desabre

“ It’s the hardest moment for any coach especially if all players are good and we had a good time and good weeks to access every player to detail because we need to be on point and we decided according to performance although some players were dropped due to injuries ” Sebastien Desabre

In the squad there are a couple of new faces that has a blend of the youthful and vastly experienced crop of players like, Addul Lumala, Bravis Mugabi and Ronald Mukiibi are the new faces in the AFCON final squad after an impressive performance from their clubs.

 “We are looking at the first game closely and we want to be clinical in all aspects and move a step in this AFCON than we did the last time Uganda was here, it’s possible although the group is tough we shall try and give our best to our fans ” Sebastien Desabre. 

Uganda Cranes will play their last friendly game against Côte d’Ivoire in Dubai before flying to Egypt next week.

The Cranes of Uganda are in group A with host Egypt, DR Congo and Zimbabwe

Theywill play the opening game against the DR Congo on June 22 before battling Zimbabwe on 26th of June and Egypt the hosts on 30th June.

Final AFCON Squad

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

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

Midfielders: William Luwagga Kizito (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazahstan), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Michael Azira (Montreal, Canada), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), 

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