Uganda Cranes interim coach Abdallah Mubiru continues to heighten his transition style of play whereby his team starts to build from defense to attack as the Cranes side of local-based players intensified training in preparation for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers.
Cranes are set to take on Somalia on July 27th at Al Haji Hussein Guled Stadium in Djibouti in the first leg of the fixture before the second leg clash scheduled on August 3rd at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo in Kampala.
“Our major focus has been on how we transition especially when we have the possession and are on the attack and of course that encompasses how we act and react when we lose the ball,” Mubiru said during the training session at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo.
The Police FC head coach was also impressed by the fitness levels exhibited by the players during the training.
“We are in the offseason and I expected most of the players to exhibit low-levels of fitness. But I have been impressed with the individual fitness levels.”
“Of course, some are a bit ahead of the others but that is something we have been working on and we are almost having similar levels, my target is to bring the best out of them,” he noted.
Uganda Cranes will travel to Hoima on Friday, July 19th for the Regional tour match against Kitara Region Select on Saturday, July 20th as a precursor game for Somalia’s encounter.
“It is good that we have a friendly game, but we shall not be looking at the result but how well we apply what we have been working on in training this while because that gives us the direction we take as we enter residential camp,” Mubiru further noted.
The winner between Uganda and Somalia will take on the winner between Burundi and South Sudan on September 20th with a return leg scheduled on October 18th.