The training camp for Uganda Cranes team facilitated in Dubai, in anticipation of the AFCON 2021 group B double-header against South Sudan reached a conclusion on Monday,12fth October 2020.
The camp that went on for 6 days following prior postponements for the team to travel from Uganda was met for the pivotal team holding and practices preceding the November 2020 clashes.
On Monday as the camp closed, it was a helpful second for the head of the assignment, Ronnie Kalema to address the group about FUFA and its improvement programs among others.
[su_quote cite=”Ronnie Kalema, FUFA Executive Committee Member, Chairman Uganda Football Referees Association”]Our vision of becoming the number one football nation in Africa on and off the pitch. The world of football has changed dramatically over the last few decades, and every country faces it’s own challenges in coping with these changes. If we want to promote the game in Uganda, we must be ready to meet the needs of our strategy as FUFA. This is the idea behind the Pro Agenda programme that offers such a vast array of different possibilities to enhance the capacity of National team, staff (players and coaches). All internal football stakeholders of FUFA ought to know what’s going on at FUFA so as to have a sense of belonging and accountable to one another.[/su_quote]
Lead coach Johnathan McKinstry communicated enchant about the camp, an incredible chance to learn groundbreaking thoughts together just as to security.
[su_quote cite=”Johnthan McKinstry, Uganda Cranes Head Coach”]The camp was a great opportunity for us to associate, learn a few things as well as build the team chemistry. There was a great balance between the locally based players in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League and those who play outside the country. The camp was very important for us as we prepare for the AFCON 2021 qualifiers and the CHAN 2020 finals.[/su_quote]
The group is relied upon to return back home on Today at 10am with Joseph Ochaya and Jamal Salim who will later associate with their individual clubs while the remainder of the unfamiliar based players will fly direct to their clubs from Dubai.
Scottish based defender Bevis Mugabi and midfielder Allan Kyambadde (plays in Egypt) have already flown back to their individual clubs.
A few players failed to go for the camp to a great extent due to travel limitations from their particular nations.
Team captain Denis Onyango, the Israel based trio of Timothy Denis Awany, William Luwagga Kizito and Fahad Bayo didn’t figure out how to travel in light of movement intricacies as striker Derrick Paul Nsibambi was supposedly injured.
Veteran goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba Kisitu neglected to make the excursion since he had recently recouped from sickness and Ibrahim Mugisha assumed control over his place.
Camp composition in Dubai:
Goalkeepers: Salim Jamal (Al Hilal Omdurman, Sudan), Charles Lukwago (KCCA, Uganda), Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume, Uganda)
Defenders: Alex Kakuba (CD Cova Piedade, Portugal), Paul Mbowa (URA, Uganda), Samuel Kato (KCCA, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC), Elvis Bwomono (Southend United), Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell, Scotland), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo)
Midfielders: Milton Karisa (Vipers, Uganda), David Owori (SC Villa, Uganda), Bright Anukani (KCCA, Uganda), Saidi Kyeyune (URA, Uganda), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers SC), Shafiq Kagimu (URA, Uganda), Karim Watambala (Vipers, Uganda), Roy Jayden Onen (Reading, England), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Allan Kateregga (Erbil SC, Iraq)
Forwards: Alexis Bbakka (Umea FC, Sweden), Edrisa Lubega (Paide Linameskond), Farouk Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey)
Officials: Johnathan McKinstry (Head coach), Abdallah Mubiru (Assistant Coach), Livingston Mbabazi (Assistant Coach), Ibrahim Mugisha (Goalkeeping Coach), Alexander McCarthy (Fitness Trainer), Felix Ayobo (Sport Scientist), Emmanuel Nakabago (Doctor), Regan Innocent Baluku (Doctor), Samuel Mulondo (Kitman), Geoffrey Massa (Team manager), Paul Mukatabala (Team officer), Ronald Lusulire (Media Officer)
Leader of Delegation: Ronnie Kalema (FUFA Executive Committee member)