Uganda Cranes head coach Abdallah Mubiru has named an expanded 33-player provisions squad ahead for the Cranes’ International friendly against South Africa.
The Cranes will play the Bafana Bafana during the international match window on June 10, 2021.
With a couple of experienced players including captain Denis Onyango retiring from national duty, and a couple of other regulars in the final weeks of their club seasons, Mubiru has chosen a squad of mainly local based players.
Ten foreign players have been summoned including Emmanuel Okwi who will captain the team, Mustafa Kizza, Allan Okello, Moses Waiswa, Elvis Bwomono, Abdu Lumala, Patrick Kaddu and Taddeo Lwanga.
Goalkeepers Ismail Watenga who plays for Chippa United makes a return to the Cranes fold and Azam FC’s Mathias Kigonya also make the squad.
The squad also includes 10 players who have earned their first call up to the national team. Bright Stars goalkeeper Simon Tamale’s five clean sheets in nine games have earned him a maiden call up alongside teammate Joseph Akandwanaho.
Express FC striker Eric Kambale’s rich form has also been repaid with a national selection together with captain Enock Walusimbi and Mbarara City midfielder Innocent Wafula.
Five players from the Uganda Hippos squad that played at the AFCON U20 tournament reaching te final earlier this year have also earned their first senior call ups.
These include Kenneth Ssemakula, Isma Mugulusi, Steven Sserwadda, Richard Basangwa and Derrick Kakooza. They join teammates Gavin Kizito who had his senior debut against Malawi in March and Bobosi Byaruhanga who was part of the Cranes CHAN squad.
The team will enter camp on Sunday May 30, 2021 at the Cranes Paradise Hotel in Kisaasi.
Training starts on Monday, May 31, 2021 at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo.
The Uganda Cranes Squad:
Goalkeepers: Watenga Ismael (Chippa United), Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Tamale Simon (Bright Stars FC), Kigonya Mathias (Azam FC)
Defenders: Bwomono Elvis (Southend United FC), Wafula Innocent (Mbarara City FC), Willa Paul (Vipers SC), Kizza Mustafa (Montreal Impact FC), Kayondo Aziizi (Vipers SC), Lwaliwa Halid (Vipers SC), Juuko Murushid (Express FC), Kizito Mugweri Gavin (SC Villa), Ssemakula Kenneth (BUL FC), Mbowa Paul Patrick (URA FC), Walusimbi Enock (Express FC), Muhamud Hassan (Police FC)
Midfielders: Lwanga Taddeo (Simba SC), Waiswa Moses Ndhondi (SuperSport United FC), Byaruhanga Bobosi (Vipers SC), Sserubiri Ivan (URA FC), Anukani Bright (KCCA FC), Kagimu Shafik Kuchi (URA FC), Mugulusi Isma (Busoga United FC), Serwaradda Stephen (KCCA FC), Lumala Abdu (Pyramids FC), Orit Ibrahim (Vipers SC), Akandwanaho Joseph (Bright Stars FC)
Forwards: Okwwi Emmanuel (Ittihad Alexandria FC), Bassangwa Richard (Vipers SC), Kaddu Patrick (Youssoufia Berrechid), Kakooza Derrik (Police FC), Sentamu Yunus ( Vipers SC), Kambale Eric (Express FC), Okello Allan ( AC Paradou)
Article by Shafic Kiyaga