Uganda Cranes will not be easy team to beat at Africa Cup of Nations – Wasswa
By Andrew Jackson Oryada
The assitant captain of the Uganda Cranes Hassan Wasswa Mawanda has said they will not be an easy team to beat at the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
“Our team is full of experience because we have played together for a long time and our hunger to perform is even much higher this time round. Our target is to reach the later stages of the tournament,” added Wasswa.
Uganda is grouped alongside DR Congo, Zimbabwe and hosts Egypt in Group A for the 2019 Afcon slated for June 21st to July 19th.
Wasswa who is club-less since leaving Egyptian Premier League side Gaish FC early this year said it will be very important to start the Afcon with a win in opening game against DR Congo. “We learnt lots of lessons during the 2017 Acon in Congo and now we are a much better team,” he added.
Head coach Sebastien Desabre has also made it clear that after achieving the first target of qualification, his next target is not make sure the team makes it to the knock out stage.
“We are not just going to participate. Our first target was to qualify and the second is to get into the knock out stage,” said Desabre.
The Uganda Cranes team that started residential training last week will travel to Adu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for three weeks camping. They will have two international friendly matches in UAE against Ivory Coast on June 15th and another on June 9th yet to be announced.
“We believe the camping in UAE and the international friendly matches will prepare us well ahead of the tournament,” added the coach. Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi are the other teams from the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) region that qualified for the 2019 Afcon.
Uganda’s provisional Squad
Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Charles Lukwago, (KCCA FC), James Alitho (URA FC), Godfrey Walusimbi (Not attached), Awany Timothy (KCCA FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline FC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Not attached), Saddam Ibrahim Juma (KCCA FC), Daniel Isiagi (Al Nassr FC, Egyp)t, Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Allan Okello (KCCA FC), Moses Waiswa (Vipers SC), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Juma Balinya (Police FC), Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC), Daniel Sserunkuma (Express FC), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town FC, England), Khalid Aucho (Churchill Brothers, India), Dissan Galiwango (Express FC), Isaac Muleme (FKVictoria, Zizkov, Czech Republic), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe)