The Uganda Cranes team has kick started preparations for the Western region tour and the CHAN 2018 qualifiers at the outside training ground of Mandela National Stadium on Saturday morning.
Twenty two (22) players of the summoned 25 showed up for training closely supervised by head coach, Milutin Sredejovic, his assistants Moses Basena and the goalkeeping tactician, Fred Kajoba.
Micho hailed the competitive spirit of the players who trained, adding the start has been brilliant with the tasks and expectations ahead.
“I am very impressed by the commitment and character of the players in attendence. This is a great start to cement our preparations first when we play on the regional tour, CHAN 2018 qualifiers as a bridge for 2018 World Cup qualifiers,” Micho addressed the media after the two hour session.
Uganda Cranes will play the Western region select team on 8th July 2017 at the Kabale Municipal Stadium.
Western region hosted the first ever tour under the brand ‘Cranes Na Mutima‘ in 2014 at the Kakyeka stadium in Mbarara.
These tours were initiated three years ago with great ambitions as bringing close the national team brand to the fans in the respective localities than at the usually know Mandela National stadium, Namboole.
Also, such tours help to rally special support for the Uganda Cranes, help to prepare the team ahead of the upcoming matches and in a way, they are a special plat form to show case talent that has not been known.
The tours are jointly sponsored by Uganda Cranes main sponsors, Airtel Uganda Limited and partners, Nile Breweries Limited under their brand Nile Special while Kibo Media are the event managers.
The regional tour matches are free of charge.
Meanwhile, day two of non-residential training resumed on Sunday morning at 9 a.m.
Players who attended day one of training:
Goalkeepers: Saidi Keni (Proline), Tom Ikara (Kirinya/Jinja S.S)
Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Vipers), Deus Bukenya (Vipers), John Adiriko (SC Villa), Martin Kizza (SC Villa), Bernard Muwanga (SC Villa), Rashid Toha (Onduparaka)
Midfielders: Nicholas Kasozi (Synergy), Shafiq Kagimu (URA), Simon Sserunkuma (SC Villa), Solomon Okwalinga (Synergy)
Forwards: Milton Karisa (Vipers), Erisa Ssekisambu (Vipers), Nelson Senkatuka (Proline), Vitalis Tabu (SC Villa), Method Bassey (Mbarara), Shaban Mohamed (Onduparaka)
Foreign based players:
Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Dennis Iguma and Murushid Jjuuko