Members of the Uganda-Cranes-Team-pose for a group photo last year. The Cranes have failed to advance in the FIFA rankings released today

Uganda Cranes will host Tanzania Taifa Stars in the second game of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Saturday, September 8 2018.

The National team head coach Sebastien Desabre today named 30 players (12 home based & 18 foreign based players) with the section of local based players set to start training on 1st September at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo while the foreign based players will join on 3rd September.

“I am confident in the players summoned. All the players are very motivated and ready to give their best. Personally, I have done the research and follow up on most players. We shall start training on 1st September 2018 with a crop of locally based players before the rest of the foreign based will join on 3rd September.” He said.

Team Captain Denis Onyango has been named in the squad despite suffering a head injury he sustained when his club Mamelodi Sundowns played against Polokwane City in the Absa Premiership last week. The coach said that Onyango is fit to represent his country.

“I spoke to him (Denis Onyango) just a few days ago and he has recovered well. He is also set to fly to Morocco for the CAF Champions league.” the Frenchman added.

Uganda Cranes lead group L with three points following the 1-0 away win registered over Cape Verde Islands in the first game. Geoffrey Sserunkuuma scored the only goal.

Tanzania and Lesotho both share a point having played to a one all draw in their opening group game. Lesotho will host Cape Verde in the other group game on September 6.

The 2019 AFCON tournament will be hosted in Cameroon. The competition will be held in June and July 2019 to move it from January/February for the first time. It will also be the first Africa Cup of Nations expanded from 16 to 24 teams.

The squad:
Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns), Jamal Salim (El Meriekh), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC) and Nicholas Sebwato (Onduparaka FC).

Outfield players: Isaac Isinde (Kirinya Jinja SS), Murushid Juuko (Simba SC), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Denis Iguma (Kazma FC), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC), Musitafa Mujuzi (Proline FC), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia) FC, Isaac Muleme (Haras El Hodood), Joseph Ochaya (Lusaka Dynamo), Hassan Wasswa (El Geish), Khalid Aucho(Un attached), Ibrahim Saddam Juma (KCCA FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Opondo Moses( Vendsyssel), Allan Kateregga (Cape Town City), Faruku Miya (Gorica ), Moses Waisswa (Vipers Sc), Yunus Sentamu (FK Tirana), Martin Kizza (Sc Villa Jogoo), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Emma Okwi (Simba SC), Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha), Patrick Kaddu (KCCA FC), William Luwagga Kizito (CMSM Iasi), Yasser Mugerwa (Fasil Kenema).