By Denis Turyahebwa
Kampala: The head coach of Uganda National Beach Soccer Team- Sand Cranes Salim Jamal Muwonge has on Tuesday confirmed the final team of players who will travel for the 2021 Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Senegal (23rd – 29Tth May 2021).
The team of 15 players will depart the country on Wednesday morning for West Africa aboard Ethiopian Airlines.
Uganda was drawn in group A alongside hosts Senegal as well as two neighbors Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Headcoach Muwonge will work with Bashir Mutyaba as his assistant as both are optimistic that they will compete favorably at the championship having had good preparations at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru.
‘We have had good training for the championship and we expect to compete at the tournament. The players are in the right mood mentally and physically’ Muwonge stated.
FUFA Executive Committee member Hamid Juma is the leader of the delegation to Senegal that also has two Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA) delegates Deo Mutabazi (also chairman) as well as Anthony Tumwesigye.
Goalkeepers: Meddie Kibirige (St Lawrence University BSC), Nasser Lwamunda (Kiringente BSC), Mutebi Ronald (St Lawrence University BSC).
Defenders: Paul Lule (Buganda Royal BSC), Davis Kasujja (MUBS BSC), Douglas Muganga (MUBS BSC), Byaruhanga Rica (St Lawrence University BSC), Kikonyogo Jonathan (St Lawrence University BSC), Suleiman Ochero (St. Lawrence University BSC).
Forwards: Ismail Kawawulo (MUBS BSC), Baker Lukooya (St Lawrence University BSC), Emmanuel Wasswa (St Lawrence University BSC), Swalley Ssimbwa (St. Lawrence University BSC), Ambrose Kigozi (Buganda Royal BSC), Ronald Magwali (Buganda Royal BSC).
Leader of the delegation: Hamid Juma
Head coach: Salim Jamal Muwonge
Assistant Coach: Bashir Mutyaba
UBSA Chairman: Deo Mutabazzi
UBSA Delegate: Anthony Tumwesigye
Team Doctor: Ivan Kulika
Team Coordinator: Tonny Ssebagala
Media Officer: Julius Mutebi Bazzeketta
FUFA Secretariat: Isaac Natukunda