The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga sent a special message of inspiration to the Uganda Cranes delegation currently in Egypt ahead of the kickoff of the 2019 championship.
In the message, the Speaker delivers the key note information through the team skipper and first choice goalkeeper Dennis Onyango to the rest of the players.
On behalf of the Uganda Parliament, I would want to wish Captain Dennis Onyango and the rest of the Uganda Cranes all the best. I wish you a very big victory in your opening match (against Democratic Republic of Congo) on Saturday.
Kadaga also assures of overwhelming support from the members of parliament who are planning to travel all the way to Egypt and cheer on the team at all times.
A number of members of parliament will be in Egypt to give you support. We love you and we are counting on to bring the glory back home. Speaker Kadaga said”
During the last 2017 AFCON finals played in Gabon, the Parliament of Uganda contributed financially (Shs. 224, 500,000) to the team as a token of appreciation and motivation as well.
Kadaga traveled to deliver the collections from Parliament moments before the match against Ghana Black Stars at Port Gentil Stadium.
The Parliament and Kadaga in particular are keen supporters of sports development in Uganda.
Recently, Kadaga graced the closure of the 2019 World Beach Woodball Championship in Entebbe.
Meanwhile, Uganda Cranes conducted their first training session on Tuesday evening at the Arab Contractors’ play ground in preparation for their opening match on Saturday against the Democratic Republic of Congo.
All the players are in the best condition ahead of the opener.
Uganda Cranes Delegation in Egypt:
Uganda dispatched an indomitable 23 Players Team lead by the Africa’s favorite Denis Onyango.
Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia)
Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Brian Ronald Ddungu Mukiibi (Ostersunds, Sweden), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England), Isaac Muleme (FK Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Un attached), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Godfrey Walusimbi (Un-attached)
Midfielders: Mike Azira (Montreal Impact, Canada), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), William Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazakhstan), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska, Sweden), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda)
Strikers: Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania)
Fufa Officials who accompanied the Team:
- Leader of Delegation: Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi
- FUFA President: Moses Magogo
- Executive Committee Members: Issa Magola, Hamid Juma, Abdul Ssekabira, Rogers Byamukama
- Head coach: Sebastien Desabre
- Assistant coach: Mathias Lule
- Goalkeeper coach: Fred Kajoba
- Team Doctor: Dr. Ronald Kisolo
- Physiotherapist: Dr. Ivan Ssewanyana
- Team Chiropractor: Dr. Charles Sebwana
- Media: Ahmed Hussein
- Physical Fitness trainer: Gerome D’Antonio
- Kit Managers: Lawrence Kizito and Ayub Balyejusa
- Finance Director: Decolas Kiiza