Uganda Cranes Team Off to Saudi Arabia for Build-up Matches

By Leilah Bbaale

The Uganda Cranes team last night traveled to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a training camp where they will also play two international friendly matches against the Saudi Arabia national team, The Falcons.

A contingent of 35 people, including 25 players and 10 officials left Entebbe International Airport at 11:00PM aboard a Qatar Airways flight.

According to a statement from FUFA, the trip is funded by the Saudi Arabian Football Association. The Cranes team which has majority of the players U-23 will play two games against The Falcons on July 2nd and July 5th July in Riyad.

The training camp is intended to help Uganda Cranes prepare for the forthcoming CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup starting on July 17th in Ethiopia.

The team is under the guidance of coach Morley Byekwaso, assisted by Simeon Massa while Stephen Billy Kiggundu is the goalkeeping coach.

Byekwaso had earlier summoned players to kickoff preparations for the CECAFA tournament, however the preparations were frustrated by the COVID-19 lockdown which has all sporting activities suspended.

Goalkeepers: Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Eric Kibowa (UPDF FC), Matovu Hassan Muyomba (KCCA FC),

Defenders: Enock Walusimbi (Express FC), Abdu Aziiz Kayondo (Vipers SC), George Kaddu (Wakiso Giants FC), Musa Ramathan (KCCA FC), Kenneth Ssemakula (BUL FC), Magambo Peter (KCCA FC)

Midfielders: Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC), Abdul Karim Watambala (Vipers SC), Kyeyune Saidi (Unattached), Steven Sserwadda (KCCA FC), Bright Anukani (KCCA FC), Isma Mugulusi (Busoga United FC), Salim Abdallah (SC Villa).

Forwards: Mukwala Stephen Dese (URA FC), Ivan Bogere (Wakiso Giants FC), Saddam Masereka (SC Villa), Julius Poloto (KCCA FC), Richard Bassangwa (Vipers SC), Najib Yiga (Vipers SC), Hakim Kiwanuka (Proline FC), Derrick Kakooza (Police FC), Samuel Ssenyonjo (KCCA FC)

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