Uganda national football team

The Uganda national football team (nicknamed The Cranes), represents Uganda in men's international football and is controlled by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations, which is a part of CAF. Their best finish in the Africa Cup of Nations was second in 1978.

Uganda
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Cranes
AssociationFederation of Uganda Football Associations
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCECAFA (East & Central Africa)
Head coachMilutin Sredojević
Most capsGodfrey Walusimbi (105)
Top scorerEmmanuel Okwi (28)
Home stadiumMandela National Stadium
FIFA codeUGA
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 90 Decrease 4 (23 June 2022)[1]
Highest62 (January 2016)
Lowest152 (July 2002)
First international
 Kenya 1–1 Uganda Uganda
(Nairobi, Kenya; 1 May 1926)
Biggest win
Uganda Uganda 13–1 Kenya 
(Uganda; unknown date 1932)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 6–0 Uganda Uganda
(Alexandria, Egypt; 30 July 1995)
 Tunisia 6–0 Uganda Uganda
(Tunis, Tunisia; 28 February 1999)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances7 (first in 1962)
Best resultRunners-up, 1978

HistoryEdit

The Uganda national football team made its debut on 1 May 1926 against Kenya drawing 1–1. They qualified for their debut in the Africa Cup of Nations in 1962, the third edition of the tournament, which included only four teams. In the semi-finals, Uganda was defeated and eliminated by the United Arab Republic (2–1), and then lost the third place match against Tunisia (3–0).

Uganda returned to the Africa Cup of Nations in 1974, where they were eliminated in the first round following two defeats against Egypt and Zambia and a draw against Ivory Coast. They were also eliminated in the first round in the 1976 edition, being defeated by Ethiopia, Egypt and Guinea.

In the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations, Uganda finished second in the group stages defeating Congo (3–1) and Morocco (3–0) and lost 3–1 to Tunisia. In the semi-finals they eliminated Nigeria (2–1) but in the final Uganda were defeated by Ghana (2–0).

In 2017 Uganda qualified for the African Cup of Nations again after 39 years. They finished the tournament in the first round after two 1–0 losses to Ghana and Egypt and a 1–1 draw against Mali.

In the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, Uganda easily progressed to the second round with a 4–0 aggregate win against Togo, however they were drawn into a tough group with Egypt, Ghana and the Republic of Congo. Uganda finished the group with two 0–0 draws against Ghana, a win and a draw against the Republic of Congo and a historic victory against Egypt followed by a narrow defeat at the home of the Pharaohs. However, the 9 points won were not enough for the Ugandans to qualify against the 13 of the Egyptians who finished first in the standings.

In the qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Uganda continued its good results cruising through qualifiers against Tanzania, Cape Verde and Lesotho. In the competition proper, a 2–0 victory against DR Congo meant that Uganda had won their first match in the competition for forty-one years. In the other two games of the group Uganda obtained a draw against Zimbabwe (1–1) and a defeat against the hosts Egypt (2–0) qualifying in second place, only to be eliminated in the round of 16 by Senegal (1–0).

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2021Edit

23 August Friendly Syria   v   Uganda Jordan
Source
26 August Friendly Syria   v   Uganda Jordan
Source
29 August Friendly Ethiopia   2–1   Uganda Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Source
6 September 2022 World Cup qualification Uganda   0–0   Mali Uganda
7 October 2022 World Cup qualification Rwanda   0–1   Uganda Kigali, Rwanda
18:00 UTC+2 Report Bayo   41' Stadium: Nyamirambo Regional Stadium
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)
10 October 2022 World Cup qualification Uganda   1–0   Rwanda Entebbe, Uganda
Report Stadium: St. Mary's Stadium-Kitende
Referee: Haythem Guirat (Tunisia)
11 November 2022 World Cup qualification Uganda   1–1   Kenya Entebbe, Uganda
16:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: St. Mary's Stadium-Kitende
Referee: Souleiman Ahmed Djama (Djibouti)
9 December Friendly Tanzania   0–2   Uganda
Report

2022Edit

12 January Friendly Iceland   1–1   Uganda Belek, Turkey
17:00 UTC+3 Jón Daði   5' Report Kaddu   31' (pen.) Stadium: Titanic Deluxe Belek Football Center
18 January Friendly Moldova   2–3   Uganda Belek, Turkey
Mandrîcenco   10'
Plătică   13'
Kaddu   34' (pen.), 74' (pen.)
Karisa   64'
21 January Friendly Iraq   1–0   Uganda Baghdad, Iraq
18:00 (UTC+3) Abbas   17' Report Stadium: Al-Madina Stadium
27 January Friendly Bahrain   3–1   Uganda Manama, Bahrain
25 March Nowruz Cup Uganda   1–1
(5–4 p)
  Tajikistan Namangan
16:30 UTC+6
Report
Referee: R. Lutfullin
Penalties
29 March Nowruz Cup Uzbekistan   4–2   Uganda Namangan, Uzbekistan
16:00 UTC+6
Report
Stadium: Markaziy Stadium
Referee: Sayyodjon Nasriddinov (Tajikistan)
4 June 2023 AFCON qualification Algeria   2–0   Uganda Algiers, Algeria
20:00
Report Stadium: Stade du 5 Juillet
Referee: Mohamed Hussein (Egypt)
8 June 2023 AFCON qualification Uganda   1–1   Niger Entebbe, Uganda
16:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: St. Mary's Stadium-Kitende
Referee: Tsegay Mogos Teklu (Eritrea)
September 2023 AFCON qualification Uganda   v   Tanzania Uganda
Report
September 2023 AFCON qualification Tanzania   v   Uganda Tanzania
Report

2023Edit

March 2023 AFCON qualification Niger   v   Uganda

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Head Coach   Milutin Sredojević
Assistant Coach   Moses Basena
Goalkeeper Coach   Fred Kajoba
Fitness Coach   Franck Plaine
Video Analyst   Addis Worku
Physiotherapist   Ivan Ssewanyana
Senior Sport Scientist   Joshua Smith
Sport Scientist   Felix Ayobo
Team Manager   Geofrey Massa

Coaching historyEdit

Interim coaches are listed in italics.[3][4][5]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Charles Lukwago (1992-11-24) 24 November 1992 (age 29) 23 0   Saint George
1GK Nafian Alionzi (1996-03-02) 2 March 1996 (age 26) 1 0   Uganda Revenue Authority
1GK Giosue Bellagambi (2001-11-08) 8 November 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Huddersfield Town

2DF Isaac Muleme (1992-10-10) 10 October 1992 (age 29) 49 0   Viktoria Žižkov
2DF Timothy Awany (1996-08-06) 6 August 1996 (age 26) 40 0   Ashdod
2DF Allan Kyambadde (1996-01-15) 15 January 1996 (age 26) 26 1   El Gouna
2DF Halid Lwaliwa (1996-08-22) 22 August 1996 (age 25) 22 1   Vipers
2DF Bevis Mugabi (1995-05-01) 1 May 1995 (age 27) 15 0   Motherwell
2DF Aziz Kayondo (2002-10-06) 6 October 2002 (age 19) 12 0   Real Monarchs
2DF Enock Walusimbi (1998-11-12) 12 November 1998 (age 23) 9 0   Express
2DF Gavin Kizito (2002-01-14) 14 January 2002 (age 20) 7 0   Vipers
2DF Elvis Bwomono (1998-11-29) 29 November 1998 (age 23) 2 0   ÍBV
2DF Livingstone Mulondo (1996-10-15) 15 October 1996 (age 25) 2 0   Vipers
2DF James Begisa (2002-09-27) 27 September 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Uganda People's Defence Force
2DF Musa Ramathan (2001-11-13) 13 November 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Cincinnati

3MF Farouk Miya (1997-11-26) 26 November 1997 (age 24) 74 23   Rizespor
3MF Khalid Aucho (1993-08-08) 8 August 1993 (age 29) 62 2   Young Africans
3MF Muzamiru Mutyaba (1993-10-10) 10 October 1993 (age 28) 40 4   Express
3MF Allan Okello (2000-06-04) 4 June 2000 (age 22) 21 3   Paradou
3MF Bobosi Byaruhanga (2001-12-03) 3 December 2001 (age 20) 13 0   Vipers
3MF Steven Sserwadda (2002-08-28) 28 August 2002 (age 19) 3 0   New York Red Bulls
3MF Marvin Youngman 3 0   Bright Stars
3MF Hakim Kiwanuka 1 0   Proline

4FW Emmanuel Okwi (1992-12-25) 25 December 1992 (age 29) 91 28   Kiyovu Sports
4FW Milton Karisa (1995-07-27) 27 July 1995 (age 27) 38 5   Vipers
4FW Muhammad Shaban (1998-01-11) 11 January 1998 (age 24) 19 0   Onduparaka
4FW Fahad Bayo (1998-05-10) 10 May 1998 (age 24) 18 7   Bnei Sakhnin
4FW Martin Kizza (1997-10-10) 10 October 1997 (age 24) 17 0   Express
4FW Rogers Mato (1998-10-28) 28 October 1998 (age 23) 6 0   Kampala Capital City Authority
4FW Derrick Kakooza (2002-10-23) 23 October 2002 (age 19) 3 0   Valmiera
4FW Sadat Anaku (2000-12-09) 9 December 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Kampala City Council Authority
4FW Najib Yiga (2002-12-18) 18 December 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Vipers

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Uganda in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Benjamin Ochan (1989-09-18) 18 September 1989 (age 32) 18 0   KCCA v.   Uzbekistan, 29 March 2022
GK Ismail Watenga (1995-05-15) 15 May 1995 (age 27) 26 0   Chippa United vs.   Bahrain; 27 January 2022
GK Joel Mutakubwa (1994-07-17) 17 July 1994 (age 28) 2 0   Express vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
GK Jack Komakech (2002-07-31) 31 July 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Vipers vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
GK Mathias Kigonya (1996-02-02) 2 February 1996 (age 26) 5 0   Forest Rangers vs.   Mali, 14 November 2021

DF Herbert Achai (1999-08-28) 28 August 1999 (age 22) 2 0   KCCA v.   Uzbekistan, 29 March 2022
DF Hassan Jurua (2000-10-15) 15 October 2000 (age 21) 0 0   KCCA v.   Uzbekistan, 29 March 2022
DF Innocent Wafula (1996-04-01) 1 April 1996 (age 26) 3 0   KCCA vs.   Bahrain; 27 January 2022
DF Eric Ssenjobe (1999-04-04) 4 April 1999 (age 23) 1 0   Police FC vs.   Bahrain; 27 January 2022
DF Kenneth Semakula (2002-11-14) 14 November 2002 (age 19) 0 0   SC Villa vs.   Bahrain; 27 January 2022
DF Denis Iguma (1994-02-10) 10 February 1994 (age 28) 70 1   KCCA vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
DF Ibrahim Juma (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 28) 12 3   KCCA vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
DF John Revita (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 29) 12 0   KCCA vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
DF Najib Fesali (1999-07-07) 7 July 1999 (age 23) 2 0   URA vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
DF Geriga Atendele (1995-05-05) 5 May 1995 (age 27) 0 0   Arua Hill vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
DF Joseph Bright Vuni 0 0   Arua Hill vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
DF Benjamin Nyakojjo 0 0   URA vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
DF Geoffrey Wasswa (1996-08-23) 23 August 1996 (age 25) 0 0   SC Villa vs.   Mali, 14 November 2021
DF Mustafa Kizza (1999-10-03) 3 October 1999 (age 22) 16 4   CF Montréal vs.   Rwanda, 10 October 2021
DF Paul Willa (1999-09-04) 4 September 1999 (age 22) 14 0   Vipers vs.   Rwanda, 7 October 2021 PRE
DF Joseph Ochaya (1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 28) 57 2   Mazembe vs.   Mali, 6 September 2021
DF Murushid Juuko (1994-04-14) 14 April 1994 (age 28) 43 1   Express vs.   Mali, 6 September 2021

MF Moses Waiswa (1997-04-20) 20 April 1997 (age 25) 23 1   SuperSport United v.   Uzbekistan, 29 March 2022
MF Bright Anukani (2000-06-26) 26 June 2000 (age 22) 14 3   Vipers vs.   Bahrain; 27 January 2022
MF George Kasonko (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 24) 5 0   Bul vs.   Bahrain; 27 January 2022
MF Ashraf Mugume (1998-11-16) 16 November 1998 (age 23) 4 0   KCCA vs.   Bahrain; 27 January 2022
MF Saidi Kyeyune (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 29) 20 3   URA vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
MF Shafiq Kagimu (1998-05-28) 28 May 1998 (age 24) 19 0   URA vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
MF Mahad Kakooza (1998-06-12) 12 June 1998 (age 24) 0 0   Express vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
MF Julius Poloto (1999-09-09) 9 September 1999 (age 22) 1 0   KCCA vs.   Mali, 14 November 2021A
MF Taddeo Lwanga (1994-05-21) 21 May 1994 (age 28) 22 1   Simba vs.   Rwanda, 10 October 2021

FW Yunus Sentamu (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 27) 31 5   Vipers vs.   Bahrain; 27 January 2022
FW Patrick Kaddu (1995-10-09) 9 October 1995 (age 26) 21 9   KCCA vs.   Bahrain; 27 January 2022
FW Steven Mukwala (1999-07-15) 15 July 1999 (age 23) 11 0   URA vs.   Bahrain; 27 January 2022
FW Ibrahim Orit (1998-07-28) 28 July 1998 (age 24) 9 2   Vipers vs.   Bahrain; 27 January 2022
FW Travis Mutyaba (2005-08-07) 7 August 2005 (age 17) 3 0   Villa vs.   Bahrain; 27 January 2022
FW Alfred Leku (1997-09-15) 15 September 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Arua Hill vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
FW Cromwell Rwothomio (2000-02-08) 8 February 2000 (age 22) 1 0   URA vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
FW Musa Esenu 0 0   Bul vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
FW Amos Kirya 0 0   Gaddafi vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
FW Titus Sematimba 0 0   Wakiso Giants vs.   Iceland; 12 January 2022 PRE
FW Derrick Nsibambi (1994-06-19) 19 June 1994 (age 28) 25 7   Sidama Coffee vs.   Mali, 6 September 2021

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.
WD Player withdrew from the squad.

Player recordsEdit

As of 8 June 2022[7]
Players in bold are still active with Uganda.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1974 Did not enter Did not enter
  1978 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 3 4
  1982 Withdrew Withdrew
  1986 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 1 3
  1990 2 1 0 1 2 3
  1994 Withdrew during qualifying Withdrew during qualifying
  1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 5
    2002 2 0 1 1 4 7
  2006 12 3 2 7 10 18
  2010 6 3 1 2 8 9
  2014 6 2 2 2 5 6
  2018 8 4 3 1 7 2
  2022 6 2 3 1 3 2
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 48 17 12 19 45 49

Head-to-head recordEdit

Completely updated and corrected per the cited source on 4 July 2017 [8]

AchievementsEdit

CECAFA Cup :

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 23 June 2022. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 August 2022. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  3. ^ Zziwa, Hassan Badru (25 May 2009). "Rise and fall of Cranes coaches". The Observer. Uganda. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Rise and fall of Uganda Cranes tacticians". Soccer256 online. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Johnny McKinstry unveiled as Uganda Cranes coach". www.newvision.co.ug. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  6. ^ "AFCON 2023 Qualifiers: Micho Names Preliminary Squad Of 33 Players". Federation of Uganda Football Associations. 22 May 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Uganda". National Football Teams.
  8. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA Tournaments - Compare Teams - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on June 13, 2007. Retrieved 2018-05-31.

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