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Cranes Start Preps For Crucial Return leg against Zambia

Key strikers like Cyprus based striker Geoffrey Massa and Vietnam based Brian Umony, who missed the first leg as they were recovering from injury, are part of the squad. FUFA Vice President Mujib Kasule said the two players are in the country and had started light personal training.
Uganda Cranes start non-residential training today at Namboole Stadium ahead of their crucial return leg against African champions Zambia in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The Cranes, who last qualified for the Nations Cup in 1978, lost 1-0 away to Zambia 11 days ago; need to beat Zambia by more than two goals on October 13 to qualify.

The head coach Bobby Williamson yesterday summoned a 23 man squad but insisted he will start with the home based players before the foreign based players join in some time in October.

Key strikers like Cyprus based striker Geoffrey Massa and Vietnam based Brian Umony, who missed the first leg as they were recovering from injury, are part of the squad. FUFA Vice President Mujib Kasule said the two players are in the country and had started light personal training.

The foreign players expected to boost the team early next month include skipper Andrew Mwesigwa, Denis Onyango, Tony Mawejje, Dhaira Abel, Emma Okwi, Hamis Kiiza, Henry Kalungi, Patrick Ochan, Geoffrey Kizito, Dan Wagaluka, Johnson Bagoole and Mike Sserunkuma.

The other team from the East and Central African region with big chance to qualify is Sudan after their 5-3 victory over Ethiopia in the first leg.

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