The Uganda Cranes team commenced the training drills at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Monday in preparation for two upcoming build up matches against Sao Tome and Prinicpe as well as Malawi.

Not even the afternoon heavy pour could deter the determined crop of players majority foreign based.

Twenty (20) players turned up for the one hour session that included limbering drills, short sprints and a lot of stretching as the goalkeepers Dennis Onyango and Salim Jamal were taken through the goalkeeping routines by stand-in coach Sadic Wassa who is deputizing Fred Kajoba (Kajoba is away in the US for further training).

Head coach Sebastien Desabre hailed the commitment of the players and vowed to fine tune the team in preparation for the two build ups.

‘I am very happy for the commitment that the players have shown in training’ Desabre noted.

Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, while addressing the media after the training expressed his overwhelming joy working under the new coach for the first time and he expects to learn a lot from him.

‘Training has been good. We have been in body conditioning for this first session. It is good to work under the coach for the very first time. He has already briefed us of his philosophy and approach for the game. We shall continue to work with him and understand him better’ Wasswa noted.

More foreign based players (Alex Kakuba, Geofrey Kizito and William Luwagga Kizito) are expected to join the team camp at Ivy’s Hotel, Wakaliga as soon as possible.

Uganda Cranes will take on Sao Tome and Principe this Saturday (24th March 2018) before hosting Malawi on Tuesday, 27th March 2018.

Both matches are at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.