Preparations to the 2017 CECAFA Championships got underway for the Cranes at the Mandela National Stadium in Namboole. Cranes Interim Boss Moses Basena was pleased with the team’s training session and praised the players’ level of fitness. “I have enjoyed every bit of training the minute we went through. And I think, now, tomorrow we progress; we are going to work twice morning and afternoon.”
The tournament will kick off early next month in Kenya and Basena said he had his eyes set on defending the title. “Whenever we play this tournament they are all local dames almost you know, it’s not easy to play against Kenya, it’s not easy to play against Ethiopia, it’s not easy to play against Rwanda, it’s not easy to play against these neighboring countries because we’ve been dominating because they always want to put a foot down, I said wait a minute why do we always fall behind footways so that makes it a very competitive tournament for us.” Said, Moses Basena – Cranes Interim Coach.
The Cranes intend to use the tournament as a dress re-hustle for the 2018 African Nations Championships due to be held in Morocco in January next year.