Uganda Cranes on Monday kicked off residential camp at Gems International School, Butabika as they prepare for the African Nations Championship set for Cameroon.
Head coach Jonathan McKinstry took 31 of the 34-man provisional squad through the paces that include physical training drills and ball work sessions. They also did tactical sessions.
“It has been a good first day. We got all the players on Sunday night for their medical check-ups to find out the body mass, fat and related stuff. So, everyone registered last night, we had a team meeting to outline our expectations for the coming weeks so everyone was clear on what we are looking for” the Northern Irishman noted in his first interview at Butabika.
Clubs have however requested to be let use their players in Matchday 25 in the UgandanPremier League. Bottom side Proline travel to KCCA on Tuesday and more matches are lined up for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Uganda will host Mali and Zambia as part of their build-up for the tournament.
Uganda Provisional Squad:
Goalkeepers: Edwin Kiwanuka (Bright Stars), Charles Lukwago (KCCA) Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume), Alionzi Nafian (URA), Saidi Keni (SC Villa)
Defenders: Mustapha Kizza (KCCA), Derrick Ndahiro (SC Villa), Herbert Achai (KCCA), Paul Willa (Vipers), Ashraf Mandela (URA), Geoffrey Wasswa (Vipers), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers), Paul Patrick Mbowa (URA), John Revita (KCCA), Samuel Kato Samuel (KCCA), Musitafa Mujuzi (Proline)
Midfielders: Shafik Kagimu (URA,) Saidi Kyeyune (URA), Bright Anukani (Proline), Paul Mucureezi (Vipers), Mike Mutyaba (KCCA), Karim Watambala (Vipers), Hassan Ssenyonjo (Wakiso Giants), David Owori (SC Villa), Ibrahim Orit (Mbarara City), Julius Poloto (KCCA)
Forwards: Samson Kigozi (Police), Vianne Ssekajjugo (Wakiso Giants), Milton Karisa (Vipers), Joackiam Ojera (URA), Fahad Bayo (Vipers), Steven Mukwala (Maroons), Cromwell Rwothomio (URA), Brian Ahebwa (Mbarara City)