Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has expressed his delight in the level of competition for slots as the team prepares ahead of the Niger camp.
Desabre states that it is good for him as a coach to have players fighting for numbers because everyone works with full commitment.
“ It is good for me because we have players in different positions and all working at 100% and they are all focused for these games. “ said Desabre after the Tuesday morning training session at Stade General Seyni Countche.
The Cranes arrived in Niger capital Niamey on Monday morning ahead of a camp that will see the team play two games against Niger and Central African Republic.
The French tactician also noted that it was important for players to acclimatize to the heat in Niamey before the first game on Wednesday.
“ We had a long trip yesterday but we reached safely in Niamey and it is very important that the players adapt to these hot conditions early enough. We had a session in the morning and will another in the afternoon specifically about set pieces.” He stated.
In a another development, physical trainer Antonio Jerome who was with the National team in the friendlies against Malawi and Sao Tome and Principe returns.
FUFA spokesperson Ahmed Hussein confirmed to this website that Jerome will be with the team in Niger.
“ He will be with the team in Niger and likely to carry on during the qualifier games but still working on a short term basis.” Confirmed Hussein.
Only captain Dennis Onyango and Moses Opondo from Vendsyssel FF in Denmark are yet to join the team but are expected later on today.
Uganda will play Central African Republic on 30th May and later on Niger on 2nd June in the three team tournament. This is envisaged as preparation for the Cranes ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Tanzania and Lesotho in September.
The Full Squad.
Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns-SouthAfrica), Salim Jamal Magoola (Al Marriek-Sudan), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC-Uganda)
Defenders: Denis Iguma (AL-Nabi Sheet Clun-Lebanon), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Vipers-Uganda), Murushid Juuko (Simba-Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Yoevil Town-England), Timothy Denis Awany (KCCA FC –Uganda), Isaac Muleme (Alassiouty Sport- Egypt)
Midefielders: Joseph Benson Ochaya (Lusaka Dyanmos-Zambai), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Tala’ea El Gaesh-Egypt), Khalid Aucho (Free Agent), Taddeo Lwanga(Vipers-Uganda), William Kizito Luwagga (CSM Politechnica Lasi-Romania), Milton Karisa (Vipers-Uganda), Allan Katerega (Cape Town City-South Africa), Faruku Miya (Stardard Liege-Belgium), Moses Opondo (Vendsyssel FF –Denmark), Allan Kyambadde (SC Villa Jogoo-Uganda)
Strikers : Emmanuel Okwi (Simba-Tanzania), Yunus Sentamu (KF Tirana-Albania), Shaban Muhammad (KCCA FC-Uganda) & Edrisa Lubega (Floridisdorfer AC-Austria)