Uganda national football team

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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 (26)
Home stadiumMandela National Stadium
FIFA codeUGA
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 82 Steady (19 November 2021)[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

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.

History[edit]

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, 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 fixtures[edit]

  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.


2021[edit]

18 January 2020 CHAN Rwanda  0–0  Uganda Douala, Cameroon
22:00 UTC±0 Stadium: Stade de la Réunification
Referee: Beida Dahane (Mauritania)
22 January 2020 CHAN Uganda  1–2  Togo Douala, Cameroon
22:00 UTC±0 Stadium: Stade de la Réunification
Referee: Georges Gatogato (Burundi)
26 January 2020 CHAN Uganda  2–5  Morocco Douala, Cameroon
22:00 UTC±0
Stadium: Stade de la Réunification
Referee: Boubou Traore (Mali)
29 March 2021 AFCONQ Malawi  1–0  Uganda Lilongwe, Malawi
15:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Bingu National Stadium
Referee: Celso Alvação (Mozambique)
10 June Friendly South Africa  3–2  Uganda Johannesburg, South Africa
18:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Orlando Stadium
Referee: Audrick Nkole (Zambia)
23 August Friendly Syria  v  Uganda Jordan
Source
26 August Friendly Syria  v  Uganda Jordan
Source
7 October 2022 World Cup qualification Rwanda  0–1  Uganda Kigali, Rwanda
18:00 UTC+2 Report Bayo Goal 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)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach Milutin Sredojević Serbia
Assistant Coach Moses Basena Uganda
Goalkeeper Coach Fred Kajoba Uganda
Physiotherapist Ivan Ssewanyana Uganda
Senior Sport Scientist Joshua Smith South Africa
Sport Scientist Felix Ayobo Uganda
Team Manager Geofrey Massa Uganda


Coaching history[edit]

[3][4][5]

Interim coaches are listed in italics.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
19 1GK Ismail Watenga (1995-05-15) 15 May 1995 (age 26) 22 0 South Africa Chippa United
18 1GK Charles Lukwago (1992-11-24) 24 November 1992 (age 29) 18 0 Ethiopia Saint George
1 1GK Mathias Kigonya (1996-02-02) 2 February 1996 (age 25) 5 0 Zambia Forest Rangers
1GK Joel Mutakubwa (1994-07-17) 17 July 1994 (age 27) 2 0 Uganda Express

12 2DF Denis Iguma (1994-02-10) 10 February 1994 (age 27) 68 1 Uganda Kampala CCA
20 2DF Isaac Muleme (1992-10-10) 10 October 1992 (age 29) 44 0 Czech Republic Viktoria Žižkov
2DF Timothy Awany (1996-08-06) 6 August 1996 (age 25) 38 0 Israel Ashdod
15 2DF Halid Lwaliwa (1996-08-22) 22 August 1996 (age 25) 14 1 Uganda Vipers SC
5 2DF Bevis Mugabi (1995-05-01) 1 May 1995 (age 26) 10 0 Scotland Motherwell
2 2DF Aziz Kayondo (2002-10-06) 6 October 2002 (age 19) 5 0 Uganda Vipers SC
4 2DF Gavin Kizito (2002-01-14) 14 January 2002 (age 19) 1 0 Uganda Vipers SC
16 2DF Livingstone Mulondo (1996-10-15) 15 October 1996 (age 25) 1 0 Uganda Vipers SC
2DF Kenneth Semakula (2002-11-14) 14 November 2002 (age 19) 0 0 Uganda SC Villa
3 2DF Geoffrey Wasswa (1996-08-23) 23 August 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Uganda SC Villa

8 3MF Khalid Aucho (1993-08-08) 8 August 1993 (age 28) 57 2 Tanzania Young Africans
7 3MF Shafiq Kagimu (1998-05-28) 28 May 1998 (age 23) 19 0 Uganda URA
23 3MF Moses Waiswa (1997-04-20) 20 April 1997 (age 24) 19 1 South Africa SuperSport United
21 3MF Allan Okello (2000-06-04) 4 June 2000 (age 21) 15 3 Algeria Paradou
14 3MF John Revita (1992-01-17) 17 January 1992 (age 29) 12 0 Uganda Kampala CCA
6 3MF Bobosi Byaruhanga (2001-12-03) 3 December 2001 (age 20) 6 0 Uganda Vipers SC
17 3MF Julius Poloto (1999-09-09) 9 September 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Uganda Kampala CCA
3MF Mahad Kakooza (1998-06-12) 12 June 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Uganda Express

13 4FW Milton Karisa (1995-07-27) 27 July 1995 (age 26) 27 2 Uganda Vipers
4FW Yunus Sentamu (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 27) 26 5 Uganda Vipers
9 4FW Fahad Bayo (1998-05-10) 10 May 1998 (age 23) 13 6 Israel Ashdod
22 4FW Martin Kizza (1997-10-10) 10 October 1997 (age 24) 9 0 South Africa Royal Eagles
11 4FW Ibrahim Orit (1998-07-28) 28 July 1998 (age 23) 9 2 Uganda Vipers
10 4FW Steven Mukwala (1999-07-15) 15 July 1999 (age 22) 5 0 Uganda URA

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Nafian Alionzi (1996-03-02) 2 March 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Uganda URA SC vs.  Rwanda, 10 October 2021
GK Denis Onyango (1985-05-15) 15 May 1985 (age 36) 82 0 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns vs.  Malawi, 29 March 2021RET
GK Jamal Salim (1995-05-27) 27 May 1995 (age 26) 6 0 Sudan Al-Hilal vs.  Malawi, 29 March 2021

DF Mustafa Kizza (1999-10-03) 3 October 1999 (age 22) 16 4 Canada CF Montréal vs.  Rwanda, 10 October 2021
DF Enock Walusimbi (1998-11-12) 12 November 1998 (age 23) 2 0 Uganda Express vs.  Rwanda, 10 October 2021
DF Innocent Wafula (1996-04-01) 1 April 1996 (age 25) 1 0 Uganda KCCA vs.  Rwanda, 10 October 2021
DF Fesali Najib (1999-07-07) 7 July 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Uganda URA SC vs.  Rwanda, 10 October 2021
DF Paul Willa (1999-09-04) 4 September 1999 (age 22) 14 0 Uganda Vipers vs.  Rwanda, 7 October 2021 PRE
DF Joseph Ochaya (1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 27) 57 2 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe vs.  Mali, 6 September 2021
DF Murushid Juuko (1994-04-14) 14 April 1994 (age 27) 43 1 Uganda Express vs.  Mali, 6 September 2021
DF Paul Mbowa (1997-11-11) 11 November 1997 (age 24) 4 0 Uganda URA vs.  South Africa, 10 June 2021
DF Nicholas Wadada (1994-07-27) 27 July 1994 (age 27) 61 1 Tanzania Azam vs.  Malawi, 29 March 2021
DF Ronald Mukiibi (1991-09-16) 16 September 1991 (age 30) 4 0 Sweden Östersunds vs.  Malawi, 29 March 2021

MF Taddeo Lwanga (1994-05-21) 21 May 1994 (age 27) 22 1 Tanzania Simba vs.  Rwanda, 10 October 2021
MF Isma Mugulusi (2003-10-10) 10 October 2003 (age 18) 1 0 Uganda Villa vs.  South Africa, 10 June 2021
MF Steven Sserwadda (2002-08-28) 28 August 2002 (age 19) 0 0 United States New York Red Bulls II vs.  South Africa, 10 June 2021
MF Farouk Miya (1997-11-26) 26 November 1997 (age 24) 68 22 Free agent vs.  Malawi, 29 March 2021
MF Luwagga Kizito (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 27) 46 1 Israel Hapoel Nof HaGalil vs.  Malawi, 29 March 2021
MF Micheal Azira (1987-08-22) 22 August 1987 (age 34) 15 0 United States New Mexico United vs.  Malawi, 29 March 2021RET

FW Emmanuel Okwi (1992-12-25) 25 December 1992 (age 28) 86 26 Egypt Al-Ittihad vs.  Mali, 6 September 2021
FW Derrick Nsibambi (1994-06-19) 19 June 1994 (age 27) 25 7 Ethiopia Sidama Coffee vs.  Mali, 6 September 2021
FW Lumala Abdu (1997-07-21) 21 July 1997 (age 24) 10 1 Egypt Pyramids vs.  South Africa, 10 June 2021
FW Cromwell Rwothomio (2000-02-08) 8 February 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Uganda URA vs.  South Africa, 10 June 2021
FW Daniel Isiagi (1995-12-19) 19 December 1995 (age 25) 2 0 Uganda Uganda Revenue Authority vs.  Malawi, 29 March 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 records[edit]

As of 29 March 2021
Players in bold text are still active with Uganda.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to West Germany 1974 Did not enter Did not enter
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 3 4
Spain 1982 Withdrew Withdrew
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 1 3
Italy 1990 2 1 0 1 2 3
United States 1994 Withdrew during qualifying Withdrew during qualifying
France 1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 5
South Korea Japan 2002 2 0 1 1 4 7
Germany 2006 12 3 2 7 10 18
South Africa 2010 6 3 1 2 8 9
Brazil 2014 6 2 2 2 5 6
Russia 2018 8 4 3 1 7 2
Qatar 2022 6 2 3 1 3 2
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 48 17 12 19 45 49

Head-to-head record[edit]

Completely updated and corrected per the cited source on 4 July 2017 [7]

Achievements[edit]

CECAFA Cup :

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 November 2021. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 1 December 2021. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  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. ^ "The Squad". Twitter. Uganda Cranes. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  7. ^ 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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