The ‘Cranes na Mutima’ campaign aimed at garnering support for the national senior side has kicked off today with 19 players out of the 22 turning up for training at KCCA Stadium in Lugogo. The campaign is sponsored by Nile Breweries in partnership with FUFA. Cranes will play their first exhibition game this Sunday at Kakyeka stdium in Mbarara against a western region select side.
The four hour long training session was conducted by Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevich.
The Serbian said the training was aimed at building endurance, stamina and testing player partnerships as his troops prepare for the games in Mbrara and Soroti.
Players that turned up for the non- residential training today: Benjamin Ochan, Isma Watenga , Nicholas Wadada, Denis Iguma, Joseph Ochaya, Isaac Muleme, Richard Kasagga, Savio Kabugo, Murushid Jjuuko, Ivan Ntege, Allan Kyambadde, Muzamir Mutyaba, Brian Majwega, Miya Faruk, Wadri William, Emma Okwi, Hamis Kiiza, Brian Umony and Francis Olaki. Yunus Sentamu who was not initially included on the 22 man list reported for training making a total of 20 for the day.
Gaddafi Kiwanuka miss the training whereas Isaac Isinde and Robert Odonkara had to attend the crowning ceremony after their side St. George won the Ethiopian League on Sunday but are expected to report soon.
The Cranes ‘Na Mutima’ campaign will see the National team players tour all FUFA’s eight regions starting with Western between 27th and 29th June. The project will help garner country-wide support for the team in the ongoing Nations Cup qualification encounters. The tour that kicks off in Western region on 29th June at Kakyeka stadium in Mbarara was officially launched last week at the headquarters of Moringa Ogilvy in Bugolobi.
MAIN PHOTO: Cranes coach Micho talks to players in training at KCCA stadium in Lugogo today