Big boost for Cranes ahead of Burkina Faso game

All the players have arrived and it's full house in the Uganda Cranes camp after four players joined the team on Tuesday to bring the total to 29.


It’s now all upon coach Abdallah Mubiru and his technical crew to choose what they think will be the winning team against Burkina Faso tomorrow.

All the players have arrived and it’s full house in the Uganda Cranes camp after four players joined the team on Tuesday to bring the total to 29.


These are captain first choice goalkeeper Denis Onyango and the Israel-based trio of William Luwagga Kizito, Fahad Bayo and defender Timothy Awany.

Despite arriving in the morning,Onyango Tuesday immediately joined the rest of the players who were conducting last training at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

There is uncertainty about the fitness of the late arrivals but Coach Mubiru said is not worried having been in constant communication with all of them.

“We expected this. Most of them had games at their respective clubs on Sunday and that explains their late arrival. But we have been in constant communication with not only Onyango but even William Luwagga Kizito, Fahad Bayo and Timothy Awany who have also arrived today.”

According to Mubiru, the boys are in perfect shape for Wednesday’s encounter and hope for nothing but getting maximum points.

“Everything we have tried to work on has been successful. The team is in good spirit, the players have been complying and responding well. Everyone is ready to face the task ahead of us. We are hoping for the best result in tomorrow’s game.

Mubiru has also re-echoed his arrear statement that game against the West Africans is not about him as an individual but rather an opportunity for Uganda to seal qualification to next year’s AFCON in Cameroon.

“I don’t want to be selfish for this game to be entirely about me as a person. It is important for all of as a country. It is a dream for every Ugandan to see the team performs well and it will even be more important that we win and brighten our chances of qualifying for the third successive time,” he said.

Striker Emmanuel Okwi who’s also the deputy skipper said the players were ready to fight for maximum results tomorrow.

“We know how important the game is. We are prepared as players and ready to fight for the best result against Burkina Faso. The preparations have been smooth; the coaches have done their best to make sure we are in fine shape,” he revealed.

“I have been lucky to be part of the last two occasions when we have managed to qualify for Africa Cup of Nations but I think the spirit has always been the same. We are ready as players and hoping for the very best,” Okwi added.

All photos by Fufa Media.

The players in camp:


Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal, Sudan), Charles Lukwago(KCCA FC-Uganda), Kigonya Mathias ( Azam FC- Tanzania)


Kizza Mustapha (DC Montreal- USA), Ronald Mukiibi(Ostersunds FK, Sweden), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Timothy Denis Awany (Sport Club Ironi, Ashdod, Israel), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, Democratic Republic of Congo), Lwaliwa Halid (Vipers SC-Uganda), Elvis Bwomono (Southend United, England), Juuko Murushid (Express FC-Uganda), Kizito Mugweri Gavin (SC Villa- Uganda)


Miya Faruku (Konyaspor- Turkey), William Kizito Luwagga (Hapoel Kfar Saba- Israel), Waiswa Moses (SupersportUnited-South Africa), Lwanga Taddeo (Simba SC- Tanzania), Michael Azira (New Mexico United-, USA), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Allan Okello (Paradou,Algeria), Lumala Abdu (Pyramids FC- Egypt), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Orit Ibrahim (Vipers SC-Uganda).


Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt), Fahad Bayo (Sport Club Ironi Ashdod, Israel), KadduPatrick (Youssoufia Berrechid-Tunisia), Sentamu Yunus (Vipers SC-Uganda), Isiagi Daniel (Jomo Cosmos-South Africa).