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Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has named his final 23-man squad that will take part in the 2018 Total Africa Nations Championship CHAN in Morocco.

 
Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has named his final 23-man squad that will take part in the 2018 Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.

After falling 1-0 to Congo Brazzaville last night in an international friendly played in the Moroccan town of Rabat, the French born coach dropped attacking midfielder Tom Masiko and Mustapha Kizza.


Desabre said that after the build-up against Guinea (1-1) and the one against Congo Brazzaville, he is now aware of what the players can offer. " We are now tuned for the competition and must take every game very seriously," added the coach.


The Uganda Cranes will start their campaign against Zambia on January 14th at the Marrakesh Stadium. Namibia and Cote dÍvoire are the other two teams in Group B.


Eight KCCA FC players led by strikers Derrick Nsibambi and Shaban Muhammad were all picked on the squad. Desabre will have the task to lead the team to the knock out round. The Cranes have failed to make it past the group stage in the previous editions in 2011 (Sudan), 2014 (South Africa) and 2016 (Rwanda).


The defending champions DR Congo will not defend their title after they failed to qualify for the Championship. The top contenders for the title include; Nigeria, former champions Libya and hosts Morocco.


Each of the 16 teams will pocket UGX630 million (US$175,000) for qualification. Cash prizes also await teams according to performance.
Squad
Ismail Watenga, Benjamin Ochan, Saidi Keni, Nicholas Wakiro Wadada, Joseph Nsubuga, Timothy Awanyi, Mustapha Mujuzi, Bernard Muwanga, Isaac Muleme, Aggrey Madoi, Milton Karisa, Paul Mucureezi, Allan Kyambadde, Seif Batte, Rahmat Senfuka, Taddeo Lwanga, Abubaker  Kasule, Moses Waisswa, Ibrahim Saddam Juma, Muzamir Mutyaba, Shaban Muhammad, Derrick Nsibambi, Nelson Senkatuka