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2019 AFCON Qualifiers: Victorious Uganda Cranes depart to Maseru

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Victorious Uganda Cranes have already departed the Pearl of Africa for Maseru for their reverse fixture against Lesotho in the 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers.

On Saturday 13th October, the Cranes beat the Lesotho Crocodiles by 3-0 at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole in the first leg of the Group L doubleheaded fixture.

Emmanuel Okwi put up a Man of the Match performance as he scored in either half while his dribbling skills got him fouled in the forbidden area before Farouk Miya stepped up to convert the spot kick as Uganda moved top of the group with 7 points.

Okwi, off his left foot from outside the box fired a shot in the 10th minute that gave Uganda the lead while Miya sent the goalkeeper in the opposite direction when he turned up to take the penalty, making it 2-0 by the 36th minute.

In the second half, striker Edrisa Lubega provided the assist through a cross which Okwi, the Simba FC forward headed home to make it 3-0.

Now the team is off to the south of the continent as they step up their qualification campaign, competing for a slot in the finals that will be hosted by Cameroon next year.

According to the local football governing body FUFA, “delegation of 70 people including 24 players left the country for Lesotho on Sunday morning aboard a chartered flight offered by the head of state, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.”

“The group departed Entebbe International Airport with players, technical staff, FUFA Executive Committee members, FUFA delegates, Government officials and some fans aboard,” further reads the statement.

Although the Leader of Delegation is Richard Ochom from North East Region FA, FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo is also part of the travelling delegation.

Uganda Cranes entertain Lesotho on Tuesday, 16th October 2018 at the Setsoto stadium.

The Traveling Contingent according to FUFA:


Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (El Meriekh, Sudan), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC, Uganda)

Defenders: Murushid Juuko (Simba SC, Tanzania), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania), Godfrey Walusimbi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (El Geish, Egypt), Dennis Iguma (Kazma FC, Kuwait),  Isaac Isinde (Kirinya Jinja SS, Uganda), FC, Isaac Muleme (Haras El Hodood, Egypt), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Moses Waiswa (Vipers Sc, Uganda), Joseph Benson Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA FC, Uganda), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC, Uganda), Allan Kateregga (Cape Town City, South Africa), Milton Karisa (MC Oujda, Morocco), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA, Uganda),

Forwards: Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried, Austria), Patrick Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia), Emmanuel Okwi (Simba Sports Club, Tanzania), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt)

Leader of Delegation: Richard Ochom

Technical Staff:

Head coach: Sebastien Desabre

Assistant coach: Mathias Lule

Goalkeeping coach: Fred Kajoba

Medical Team: Ronald Kisolo and Ivan Ssewanyana

Kitsman: Lawrence Kizito

Advance Party/Team Manager: Chrispus Muyinda

FUFA President: Eng. Moses Magogo

Media Officer: David Isabirye

TOTAL Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2019 Qualifiers (Group L):

Date: Tuesday, 16th October 2018

Fixture: Lesotho Vs Uganda Cranes

Venue: At Setsoto Stadium, Maseru 

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