June 17, 2019 / 2:01 AM / a month ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-Profile on Uganda team for 2019 African Cup of Nations

June 17 (Reuters) - Factbox on African Cup of Nations qualifiers Uganda:

African Cup of Nations record:

Previous appearances in finals: (6) 1962, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1978, 2017

Best performance: Runners up 1978

Drawn in Group A with Egypt, DR Congo and Zimbabwe.

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Coach: Sebastien Desabre

The 42-year-old has had a whirlwind round of coaching posts since moving to Africa in 2010, with stints at clubs in Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, the Ivory Coast, Morocco and Tunisia.

Uganda is his first national team job after being appointed to the post in December 2017. The Frenchman hails from Valence.

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Key player: Dennis Onyango. Age: 34. Goalkeeper.

He was named as the 2016 Best African-based Player at the annual Confederation of African Football awards, after helping his club Mamelodi Sundowns to win the African Champions League title.

Despite injury since, his performances have contributed greatly to the success of the South African champions, who reached the Champions League semi-finals this year.

His career has taken off over the last five years after initially stagnating when he joined Pretoria club SuperSport United from east Africa.

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FIFA world ranking June 2019: 80

How they qualified: Top place in Group L, ahead of Tanzania, Lesotho and the Cape Verde Islands.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Salim Jamal Magoola (Al Hilal), Robert Odongkara (Adama City), Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Defenders: Timothy Awanyi (Kampala Capital City Authority), Murushid Juuko (Simba), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town), Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds), Isaac Muleme (Viktoria Zizkov), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe Englebert), Nicholas Wadada (Azam), Godfrey Walusimbi, Hassan Wasswa (both unattached)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Churchill Brothers), Mike Azira (Montreal Impact), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg United), William Luwagga Kizito (Shakhter Karagandy), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers), Emmanuel Okwi (Simba), Moses Waisswa (Vipers)

Forwards: Patrick Kaddu, Allan Kyambadde (both Kampala Capital City Authority),Farouk Miya (HNK Gorica), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha) (Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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