CHAN 2022: Heads up as Cranes preps intensify


The second phase of the Uganda Cranes’ preparations for the 2022 African Nations Championship is on in Tunisia and they will be involved in a pre-tournament friendly game against Sudan on Tuesday.

After conducting their first training session in the North African nation on Monday, midfielder Abdul Karim Watambala noted that everyone’s head is up as preparations intensify.

“We are looking forward to playing our first pre-tournament game against Sudan on Tuesday,” Watambala told FUFA media before adding.

“We are working as a team and with that cooperation, we are focused on getting the best out of the upcoming CHAN tournament,” the Vipers SC midfielder added.

The Uganda Cranes up against Sudan game on Tuesday will take place at Jamel Stadium at 5 pm Ugandan time.

Besides Sudan, the Cranes will also play against Cameroon, Mali, and Swiss side Lausanne FC in the other friendly games.

At the end of the training camp in Tunisia later this week, the Uganda Cranes contingent will travel to Algeria the host nation of this year’s CHAN event.

Uganda is pooled in Group B alongside Senegal, Ivory Coast, and the Democratic Republic of Congo and will get their tourney underway against the latter at the 19 May Stadium, Annaba on January 14th.

Traveling squad

Goalkeepers: Nafian Alionzi (URA FC), Joel Mutakubwa (Gaddafi FC), Jack Komakech (Vipers SC)

Defenders: Ashraf Mandela (Vipers SC), James Begisa (URA FC), Derrick Ndahiro (URA FC), Isa Mubiru (Vipers SC), Hillary Mukundane (Vipers SC), Kenneth Ssemakula(SC Villa), Geoffrey Wasswa (KCCA FC), Gift Fred (SC Villa)

Midfielders: Siraje Ssentamu (Vipers SC), Marvin Joseph Youngman (Vipers SC), Abdu Karim Watambala(Vipers SC), Moses Waiswa (KCCA FC)

Forwards: Milton Karisa (Vipers SC), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers SC), Travis Mutyaba (SC Villa), Moses Aliro (Wakiso Giants FC), Rogers Kassim Mato (KCCA FC), Bright Anukani (Vipers SC), Titus Ssematimba (Wakiso Giants), Frank Ssebufu (Wakiso Giants FC), Najib Yiga (Vipers SC), Nelson Ssenkatuka(Soltilo Bright Stars)

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