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Ugandas national football team, the Cranes, was formed in 1924. The team is controlled by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), headed by President Lawrence Mulindwa.
The national team is captained by Kazakhstan-based defender Andrew Mwesigwa and coached by Serbian Milutin Micho Sredojevic. The Cranes have been a formidable side in the East and Central region, where they have won 13 regional Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup titles.
The team last qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in 1978, where they lost to hosts Ghana in the finals. Since then they have struggled to get back to AFCON, but came close in qualifications for the 2013 edition where they tied 1-1 on aggregate with then African champions Zambia, but were unlucky to fall 9-8 in penalties.
In the qualification for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations they again came close, but their barren draw against Kenya in Kampala denied them a chance to make it after Angola won and went through.
The Cranes have also previously qualified for the AFCON in 1976, 1974, 1968, where they bowed out in the first round, and in 1962 where they finished fourth.
In 2011 the teams second string side also took part in the CHAN tournament in Khartoum, Sudan, but failed to make it out of the group stage.
The team boasts other foreign-based players like Tony Mawejje, Emmanuel Okwi, Geoffrey Massa and Dennis Onyango among others.
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