Interim Uganda Cranes coach Abdallah Mubiru has kicked off his national team duties by naming a 30-man Squad for the first round of the CHAN Qualifiers 2020 against Somalia over two legs to be played on 27th July and 3rd August 2019.
The Squad named has 5 goalkeepers, 9 defenders, 12 midfielders and 4 strikers. Away from the usual suspects, there are five new faces that have been included for the first time ever on the senior team.
Yusuf Ssozi of Paidha Black Angels, Police FC’s Johnson Odong, KTC’s Samson Andrew Kigozi, Express’ left back Dissan Galiwango and goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa (Tooro United) earn their first Cranes call-up.
The non-residential training session will start this Sunday at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo at 10am.
The Uganda Cranes team will then play a regional tour match against Kitara Region Select on Saturday 20th July in Hoima.
Uganda Cranes are seeking for their fifth appearance at the 16-team tournament, having played at four CHAN champions in 2011 (Sudan), 2014 (South Africa), 2016 (Rwanda) and lately 2018 (Morocco).
The CHAN tournament will be hosted between January and February 2020 in Cameroon.
Goalkeepers: Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Alitho James (URA FC), Mugabi Yasin (Wakiso Giants Fc), Keni Saidi ( Sc Villa), Mutakubya Joel ( Kyetume FC)
Defenders: Willa Paul (Police FC), Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline FC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Revita John (Express FC), Awany Timothy (KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul (URA FC), Galiwango Dissan (Express FC), Obenchan Filbert (KCCA FC), Mandela Ashraf (URA FC).
Midfielders: Taddeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Kasozi Nicolas (KCCA FC), Mutyaba Muzamir (KCCA FC), Masiko Tom (Vipers SC), Kagimu Shafiq (URA FC), Kayiwa Allan (Vipers SC), Okello Allan (KCCA FC), Kyambadde Allan (KCCA FC), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Owor David ( SC Villa ), Ssozi Yusuf ( Paidha Black Angels), Kigozi Samson Andrew (Kakiri Town Council FC).
Strikers: Kaddu Patrick (KCCA FC), Sserunkuma Daniel (Vipers SC), Senkatuka Nelson (Bright Stars FC) and Odong Johnson (Police FC).
Details of the Uganda Cranes training programme
Friday 12th July- Uganda Squad of local based players named
Sunday and Monday 14th-15th July 2019: Training sessions at 10am in Lugogo
Tuesday and Wednesday- 16th-17th July-Double training sessions (10am/4pm) at Lugogo
Thursday 18th July- Training 10am at Lugogo, enter residential camp in the evening
Friday 19th July- Travel to Kitara, train in Hoima for the Regional tour match
Saturday 20th July- Uganda Cranes vs Kitara Region Select
Sunday 21st July – travel back to Kampala
The technical team of the Uganda Cranes (Local based players)