AfconQ 2022: Uganda Cranes trip to Dubai falls through

The team mainly consisted of local based players and the technical staff were initially meant to travel on Sunday (today) at 5PM and had already checked in at the Entebbe International Airport. Most of them including the Fufa had posted pictures and videos captioned "off to Dubai".

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Uganda Cranes’ journey to Dubai, United Arab Emirates has been pushed to Monday following a delay in travel clearance.

The team mainly consisted of local based players and the technical staff were initially meant to travel on Sunday (today) at 5PM and had already checked in at the Entebbe International Airport.  Most of them including the Fufa had posted pictures and videos captioned “off to Dubai”.

However, they were told to hold on at least until Monday.  This, Fufa has said was due to a delay in processing the travel entry clearance to Dubai.

“The travel plans for Uganda Cranes contingent to Dubai have been rescheduled to Monday 5th October 2020 due a delay in acquiring the travel entry clearance to UAE’ Confirmed FUFA Communications Director,” Ahmed Hussein, the Communications Director at Fufa said.

“However the entire team that passed the Covid-19 tests carried out on Thursday has now travelled back to the Cranes Paradise Hotel in Kisasi where they will spend the night and also observe the SOPs set for the camp by the health officials before flying out tomorrow,” he added.

Coach Johnathan McKinstry hope to use the 10 day camp as part of the preparations for the 2021(  postponed to 2022) AFCON Qualifiers and the 2020 (also to be held in 2021 due to Covid-19) CHAN Finals. All the finals will be held in Cameroon.

The Uganda Cranes take on South Sudan in November in an Afcon double header qualification battle.

Full Delegation:

Players

Goalkeepers:

Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Salim Jamal Magoola (Al Hilal Omdurman, Sudan), Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume, Uganda), Charles Lukwago (KCCA, Uganda),

Defenders:

Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Alex Kakuba (Desportivo Cova De Piedade, Portugal), Elvis Bwomono (Southend, United, England), Nicholas Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell, Scotland), Samuel Kato (KCCA, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Patrick Mbowa (URA, Uganda)

Midfielders:

Shafiq Kagimu (URA, Uganda), Karim Watambala (Vipers, Uganda), Saidi Kyeyune (URA, Uganda), Allan Kateregga (Erbil, Iraq), Farouk Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers, Uganda), Jayden Onen (Reading, England), David Owori (SC Villa, Uganda), Bright Anukani (KCCA, Uganda)

Forwards:

Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha), Milton Karisa (Vipers, Uganda), Alexis Bbakka (Umea, Sweden), Edrisa Lubega (Paide Linnameeskond, Estonia)

Officials:

Leader of Delegation: Ronnie Kalema (FUFA Executive Committee member)

Johnathan McKinstry (Head coach), Abdallah Mubiru (Assistant Coach), Livingston Mbaabzi (Assistant Coach), Ibrahim Mugisha (Goalkeeping Coach), Alexander McCarthy (Fitness Trainer), Felix Ayobo (Sport Scientist), Emmanuel Nakabago (Doctor), Regan Innocent Baluku (Doctor), Samuel Mulondo (Kitman), Ayub Balyejusa (Kit man), Geoffrey Massa (Team manager), Paul Mukatabala (Team officer), Ronald Lusulire (Media Officer)

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