Following Saturday’s memorable 1 – 0 home victory over Ghana at Mandela Stadium, Uganda Cranes players are now set to travel to Morocco for the last group E qualifier against Guinea.
The team head coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sedrojevic has released the final list of the 18 players to travel on Sunday evening (at 6 pm) aboard Qatar Airlines.
Gor Mahia left back, Godfrey Walusimbi and Tusker’s holding midfielder, Khalid Aucho return to the Uganda Cranes fold while Moses Oloya who was one of the unused substitutes against Ghana has been left behind.
There are no suspended players on the team but injured forward, Yunus Sentamu misses the trip.
The players have had a light conditioning and recovery training session on Sunday and are expected to travel via Doha.
The team is expected to reach Morocco on Monday, 11 a.m. FUFA’s advance team led by CEO, Edgar Watson is already in Morocco.
Chrispus Muyinda, the team manager said on Sunday morning that Ssentamu’s joint injury cannot allow him to be part of the 18-players who will make the trip. The youthful striker who helped DR Congo’s AS Vita reach the final of the 2014 CAF Champions League will have his place taken up by Robert Ssentongo. After stopping Ghana, the Cranes have improved their chances of breaking the 37-year wait of qualifying for Afcon. The Cranes are second in Group E with seven points, while Ghana who face Togo in this last game lead with eight points.
The Cranes will need a draw or a win to qualify for the 2015 Afcon which will take place in Equatorial Guinea from January 17 to February 8th. In-case of a loss, the Cranes can also hope to qualify through the best third team finisher in the seven groups.
New hosts Equatorial Guinea, South Africa, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Tunisia, Senegal, Algeria, Burkina Faso and Gabon are the nations that has already qualified for Africa’s biggest football showpiece.
Goal Keepers: Denis Onyango, Robert Odongkara
Defenders: Andrew Mwesigwa (Captain), Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Savio Kabugo, Habibu Kavuma, Martin Kizza
Midfielders: Tonny Mawejje, Geofrey Kizito, William Luwagga Kizito, Khalid Aucho, Farouk Miya, Brian Majwega, Michael Sserumaga
Strikers: Geofrey Massa, Robert Sentongo, Daniel Sserunkuma