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AFCON 2021 Qualifiers: Uganda Head Coach Johnny McKinstry Names 20 Foreign Based Squad To Face South Sudan

The Uganda Cranes team while in a training session Photo: File

The Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry has named a 20-man squad for the Uganda Cranes Total Africa Cup of Nations 2021 Qualifier double header against South Sudan.

The squad which is of a foreign based clustered has no local based players included on the initial selection, but the coach maintains that a selection of local based players will be made following further assessment of their preparedness by the technical team.

It should be noted that seven players included on the squad were involved in the training camp that was held in Dubai at the beginning of October. Five changes were made to the squad which was initially summoned for the South Sudan clash in March, 2020 before outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Cranes players while in Dubai early this month Photo: File

Egypt based duo of Taddeo Lwanga, Abdu Lumala and Supersport United FC attacking midfielder Moses Waiswa,have not made the cuts with Jayden Onen and Bevis Mugabi who were part of the squad for the Dubai camp have been left out.

Mugabi who has been a regular since making the 2019 AFCON squad misses out after suffering a shoulder injury in training shortly after returning to his club Motherwell from camp in Dubai.

Lumala is still recovering from an operation on a knee injury while Lwanga and Waiswa have seen less playing time recently.

Regulars Emmanuel Okwi, Mike Azira, Khalid Aucho, Nicholas Wadada and captain Denis Onyango have been included.

Uganda Cranes in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Wycombe Wanderers striker Mubiru Uche Ikpeazu and Southend United defender Elvis Bwomono are in line of finally making their competitive national team debuts.

Bwomono has trained with the team in Dubai while Uche will be linking up with the squad for the first time after missing out on the Dubai camp.

Fahad Bayo celebrating his goal after scoring against Burundi at Star Times Stadium early this year

Ashdod FC defender Timothy Awany and teammate Fahad Bayo have also been selected. The duo together with Kizito Luwagga pulled out of the Dubai training camp over coronavirus induced travel restrictions from Israel.

Uganda is leading group B with 4 points after drawing 0-0 away to Burkina Faso and beating Malawi 2-0 at Mandela National Stadium Namboole, meanwhile Burkina Faso who beat South Sudan 2-1 away in Khartoum and drew at home against Uganda are second on the log with Malawi sitting 3rd and South Sudan their immediate opponents are laying bottom of the group with Zero points.  

The Squad Named

The Uganda Cranes Squad:

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Salim Jamal Magoola (Al Hilal Omdurman, Sudan),

Defenders: Joseph Benson Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DRC Congo), Alex Kakuba (Cova de Piedade, Portugal), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania), Elvis Bwomono (Southend United, England), Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds FK, Sweden), Timothy Awany (Ashdod FC, Israel),

Midfielders: Micheal Azira (Chicago Fire, USA), Khalid Aucho (Misr Lel Makasa, Egypt), Kizito Luwagga (Hapoel Kfar Saba,  Israeli), Farouk Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey), Emmanuel Okwi (Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt), Allan Kymabadde (El Gounah FC, Egypt ), Allan Okello (Paradou FC, Algeria),

Forwards: Fahad Bayo (Ashdod FC, Israel), Edrisa Lubega (Paide Linnameeskond, Estonia,), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha FC, Egypt), Mubiru Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers, England ), Alexis Bbakka ( Umea FC, Sweden. )

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