Regional Tour: KCCA’s Kato, Senyonjo Earn Cranes Maiden Call

Uganda Cranes Regional Tour 9th, November 2019.

  • North Eastern Select Vs Uganda Cranes.

KCCA Football Club central defender Samuel Nemeyimana Kato, Uganda Hippos/ Wakiso Giants sensation midfielder Hassan Senyonjo and URA FC winger Joachim Ojera have been handed their first national team calls by Uganda Cranes Head Coach Johnathan McKinstry.

The former U-17 and U-20 player currently in Algiers with KCCA FC for a CAF Confederation angangement, was among the six players promoted from the ranks alongside; Musa Ramadhan, Joseph Kafumbe, Hassan Jurua,Sadat Anaku and magical Joseph Kizza Bukenya who is yet to make an an appearance after surgery.

Samuel Kato(3rd from the right) with fellow KCCA JT graduates


The young center half Kato, was reportedly linked with choosing to play for the Rwanda national team over Uganda by the time of this call.

Samuel Kato Jersey 14 playing for U-17 in the CAF tournament against Rwanda


The Uganda U-20 starlet Senyonjo is another new face considered for his outstanding display in the Uganda Premier league along side club mate Vianne Ssekajugo.

Kato started and Senyonjo was a substitute in Matia Lule’s U-17 squad that played Rwanda in 2014.


URA’s pacy winger has also been handed a first Cranes call to prove his worth.

The 21 man squad named by McKinstry will play the North East select side in a Regional Tour Match to be played in Katakwi on Saturday 9th November 2019.

The Squad of local based players will see Uganda Cranes take on North Eastern Select. It will be the third time the Uganda Cranes Regional tour heads to the region.

The tour is in line with the preparations for the upcoming Uganda Cranes participation in the CHAN Finals and also taking the Uganda Cranes brand to the masses according to FUFA official website.

The team will train on Thursday morning at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo before setting off for Katakwi the following day in the Morning.


The squad summoned:


Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), James Alitho (URA FC)


Paul Willa (Vipers SC), Halid Lwalilwa (Vipers SC), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA FC), Revita John (KCCA FC), Kato Samuel (KCCA FC), Paul Mbowa (URA FC),Ashraf Mandela (URA FC)


Nicolas Kasozi (KCCA FC), Shafiq Kagimu (URA FC), Hassan Senyonjo (Wakiso Giants), Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA FC), Allan Okello (KCCA FC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC),Joachim Ojera (URA FC)


Vanne Sekajugo (Wakiso Giants), Allan Kayiwa (Vipers SC), Joel Madondo (Busoga United), Fahad Bayo (Vipers SC) and Edrisa Lubega (Proline FC)


Henry Musabe

Henry Musabe is a Ugandan sports journalist, senior reporter at Sports256 as well as a presenter and football commentator.