The Uganda Men’s Football National Team, the Cranes Monday officially started preparations for the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup finals.
A team majorly composed of locally based players was summoned by coach Milutin Sredojevic ‘Micho’ on August 13, 2021.
Micho, who recently returned as coach for the Cranes, used day one of his program to gauge the team’s fitness levels.
Alongside Micho, were fitness and performance director Franck Plaine, Goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba Kisitu and team manager Geoffrey Massa taking notes on how the boys fared.
Micho and his technical team however had to work without players from Express and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) who were at the 2021 Cecafa Kagame Cup in Dar es salaam city, Tanzania.
Other notable absentees were skipper Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Yunus Sentamu and Egyptian based winger Abdul Lumala whom Fufa said will be in camp as soon as possible.
After watching the afternoon training session held at the MTN Omondi stadium in Lugogo, Micho revealed he was wowed by the players’ right attitude and mentality.
“We have started the journey to the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualification process. Every successful journey begins with a single step and today, we have started. I am impressed by the mentality and attitude of the players,” Micho said.
He added, “I will continue to monitor the performance of everyone as we intensify the sessions.”
Before heading to Lugogo, the Cranes held a light training session at the Kabira Country Club in Bukoto.
On Saturday August 21, the team is expected to depart for a training camp in Jordan where they will take part in two build-up games against Syria on 23rd and 26th.
According to a road map released by Fufa, another international warm up match against Ethiopia is expected before the Cranes face Kenya for the first qualifyer on September 2, 2021 in Nairobi.
Tomorrow (Tuesday), the team will hold the morning session at Lugogo and carry out gym work in the afternoon.