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Sand Cranes Starts Preps in Bid to Return to Beach Soccer AFCON

Uganda will play Comoros in the qualifiers according to the draws conducted by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) last month. The first leg will be played between July 22nd-24th, 2022 in Comoros while the return leg will take place between August 5th-7th, 2022 in Uganda.
Sand-Cranes during the last edition of beach afcon
The national Beach soccer team, the Sand Cranes has entered a residential training camp to kick off preparations for the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations- BSAFCON qualifiers slated for July 22-24th 2022.  The Sand Cranes head coach Salim Jamal Muwonge has summoned a squad of 20 players to kick off the preparations at the FUFA Technical center in Njeru. 

The goal keepers are Samson Kirya, Meddie Kibirige, Ronald Mutebi, and Siraje Masembe. Defenders include Sharif Lubega, Hassan Ali Luboyera, Paul Lule, Jonathan Kikonyogo, Rica Arch Byaruhanga, Allan Katwe, Churchill Katamba, Ashraf Apuuli. The forwards on the team include Isma Kawawulo, Baker Lukoya, Ambrose Kigozi, Joshua Lubwama, Shaka Ssozi, Nicholas Mwere, Godfrey Lwesibawa, and Brian Nkuubi.   

Uganda will play Comoros in the qualifiers according to the draws conducted by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) last month. The first leg will be played between July 22nd-24th, 2022 in Comoros while the return leg will take place between August 5th-7th, 2022 in Uganda.  The winners over two legs will qualify for the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations that will take place October 21-30th in Maputo. Mozambique.   

“Our target is to get back to the final tournament and I am confident the players summoned will help in executing the assignment before us. We have enough time to prepare for the two games and hope for the very best,” Coach Muwonge noted after summoning the team. After the qualifiers, seven qualifying teams will join 2021 runners-up Mozambique who qualified automatically as hosts.  

Uganda will be hoping to return to the continent’s biggest Beach soccer tournament for the second time after making its debut in the last edition hosted by Senegal in 2021. During the tournament in Senegal, the Sand Cranes finished fourth after falling to Mozambique in the semifinals and Morocco in the playoffs. Senegal is the defending champions after defeating Mozambique 4-1 in the final in 2021.

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