The Uganda U-17 National football team flew to Dar-es-Salaam this morning for the Total CAF U17 final tournament to take place from 14th-28th April in Tanzania.
This was after a successful 10 day training camp in Kenya (1st-10th April) meant for acclimatization to the high temperatures of the host city where two practice matches were played in Nairobi with Kenya U18 (0-0) and Gor Mahia FC U20 (4-4).
A contingent of 31 which comprised of 21 players and 10 officials left Nairobi for Dar es Salaam aboard Kenya Airways.
Head Coach Paa Samuel Kwesi shared his mind with the Fufa media team about the two camps in Njeru, Kenya.
“I think they are doing well, fortunately, we have an able assistant who did a good job, therefore, we are just adding onto what has been done already and so far it’s been good.” Paa Samuel Kwesi Fabin told fufa.co.ug
While speaking about the away camp, he applauded the boys’ performance.
“It is common knowledge that when you gather children at the U17 level and move them out of their country to another country it gives them enough energy to work hard due to that excitement and since we came in Kenya the boys have performed very well and improved day by day.” He added
The team will on the Thursday, the 11th of April undertake the mandatory Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test to confirm their age.
Uganda’s will open its campaign against Angola on 14th April, then Tanzania on 17th and end with Nigeria on the 20th April in the group stages.
Group B has Guinea, Cameroon, Senegal and Morocco.
The top two teams in each of the two groups in the tournament will qualify automatically for the 2019 U-17 FIFA World Cup that will be held in Brazil.
Team travelling (21 players and 10 officials)
Goalkeepers: Oyo Delton (Kirinya Jinja SS FC), Jack Komakech (Ndejje University FC), and Mubiru Patrick (Bright Stars FC)
Outfield Players: Kevin Ssekimbegga (Express FC), Ibrahim Juma (KCCA FC), Kasozi Samson (Bright Stars FC), Kizito Mugweri Gavin (Vipers SC), Opira Innocent (Ndejje University), Ssekajja Davis (Bright Stars FC), Kakaire Thomas (Bright Stars FC), Iddi Abdul Wahid (Cagliari FC – Italy), Mwaka Polycarp (Ndejje University FC), Opaala Edrine Mukisa (Kirinya Jinja SS FC), John Kokas Alou (URA FC), Jarieko James (Paidha Black Angels FC), Asaba Ivan (Vipers SC), Najib Yiga (Vipers SC), Mugulusi Isma (Kirinya Jinja SS FC), Mugisha Rogers (Mbarara City FC), Opiro Justine(KCCA SA), Kawooya Andrew (Vipers SC)
Ariga Rasoul – Leader of Delegation
Paa Samuel Kwesi Fabin – Head Coach
Magera Jackson – 1st Assistant coach
Hamuza Lutalo – 2nd Assistant coach
Mubarak Kiberu – Goalkeeper coach
Osei-Owusu Derrick – Physical fitness coach
Emmanuel Nakabago – Team Doctor
Bashir Mutyaba – Team Coordinator
Omaria Bosco – Team Media Officer
Bumpenje Frank – Kit Manager