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Uganda Cranes settle down in South Africa ahead of international build up match

International friendly match: 10th June 2021

South Africa Vs Uganda Cranes

At Orlando Stadium, Soweto

The Uganda Cranes delegation to South Africa has quickly acclimatized to the chilly weather conditions prior to the international build up match on Thursday, 10th June 2021.

The team safely traveled aboard Uganda Airlines Bombardier to South Africa on Tuesday morning before they checked in at Protea Hotel Roodepoort in Johannesburg.

The team checks in at the Protea Hotel Roodepoort
Ismael Watenga in training with the teammates

As planned, they were joined by the South African based duo of Moses Waiswa (Super Sport United) and goalkeeper Ismael Watenga (Chippa United).

They were well received by former Uganda Cranes captain Denis Onyango.

Later in the evening, the team conducted its very first training session at the SAFA Technical Centre in Johannesburg.

Head coach Abdallah Mubiru is humbled for the smooth preparations thus far and is optimistic about a good performance come to the game on Thursday, 10th June 2021.

Moses Waiswa in training
Abdul Lumala and team captain Emmanuel Arnold Okwi in training

‘We trained well for a week in Kampala before traveling to South Africa where we reached safely. The morale is high and everyone is mentally and physically ready for the game’ Mubiru disclosed.

One of the youngsters on the team, Allan Okello is more than ready to give 100 percent in the international build up match.

Allan Okello

‘I am happy to be part of the team. I am ready to deliver 100 percent in this match, and so are the rest of the teammates’ Okello noted.

The team will conduct their second and last training session on Wednesday evening under floodlights.

Team captain Emmanuel Arnold Okwi in training
The players and officials on board inside the Uganda Airlines Bombardier

The Full Traveling contingent:


Goalkeepers: Ismael Watenga (Chippa United, South Africa), Mathias Kigonya (Azam, Tanzania), Charles Lukwago (KCCA, Uganda)

Defenders: Paul Willa (Vipers, Uganda), Kizza Mustafa (CF Montreal, Canada), Kayondo Abdu Aziizi (Vipers, Uganda), Walusimbi Enock (Express, Uganda), Juuko Murushid (Express, Uganda), Lwaliwa Halid (Vipers, Uganda), Mbowa Paul Patrick (URA, Uganda), Muhamud Hassan (Police, Uganda)

Midfielders: Lwanga Taddeo (Simba, Tanzania), Byaruhanga Bobosi (Vipers, Uganda), Kagimu Kuchi Shafik (URA, Uganda), Okello Allan (AC Paradou, Algeria), Waiswa Moses Ndhondhi (Super Sport United, South Africa), Lumala Abdul (Pyramids, Egypt), Orit Ibrahim (Vipers, Uganda), Mugulusi Isma (Busoga United, Uganda), Sserwadda Steven (KCCA, Uganda)

Forwards: Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Captain; Al Ittihad Alexandria Club – Egypt), Mukwala Steven (URA, Uganda), Kakooza Derrick (Police, Uganda)

Some of the players in the waiting lobby


Leader of Delegation: Kalibbala Chrizestom

Head coach: Mubiru Abdallah

Assistant coach: Mbabazi Livingstone

Goalkeeping coach: Kajoba Fred

Team Coordinator: Massa Geofrey

Team Doctor: Nakabago Emmanuel

Kit Manager: Bumpenje Frank

Media officer: Batanudde John

National Teams officer: Mukatabala Paul

FUFA Secretariat staff: Bagenayabo Innocent

Delegates: Ngobi Jamal (Eastern Region FA) and Mawadri Charles (West Nile Region FA)

Journalist: Mbabazi Grace

FUFA Official: Ndugga Emmanuel

Team coordinator Geofrey Massa happily joins the players in a training session