Five Uganda Hippos (U-20) players have made cut into the travelling squad to further prepare for the clash against Kenya clash in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 group E qualifier on 2nd September 2021.
SC Villa duo of Kenneth Semakula and Gavin Kizito and Vipers SC trio of; Richard Basangwa, Bobosi Byaruhanga and Azizi Kayondo are the teenagers that are picked by head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.
Semakula and Kizito both defenders, Kayondo a left back, will fight for a place with a broad based duo of Joseph Ochaya and Mustafa Kizza.
Byaruhanga is a defensive midfielder that has to see off veteran Khalid Aucho, Taddeo Lwanga and versatile Dennis Iguma to make the starting XI.
Basangwa is an energetic left footed forward that has to fight for a place with Mukwala, team captain Okwi and teammate Yunus Sentamu.
The thirty three man delegation left Entebbe airport to Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Thursday morning (2.45am) aboard Ethiopian Airlines.
They are expected to play an international build up on Sunday, 29th August 2021.
The team confirmed by Micho is comprised majorly of players from the StarTimes Uganda Premier league.
Team captain Emmanuel Arnold Okwi leads the team to Ethiopia with Egyptian based winger Abdu Lumala also named in the squad having arrived in Uganda on Wednesday afternoon and joined camp immediately according to Fufa.co.ug.
Express Football club on-form electric winger Martin Kizza is another notable face that returns to the Cranes fold after years.
We have prepared well since day one of training. The response of the players has been top notch and we are ready to give our best’ Team Captain Emmanuel Okwi disclosed to FUFA.co.ug after the team’s last training at the African Bible University of Uganda play ground in Lubowa on Wednesday evening.
Other players like Khalid Aucho and Taddeo Lwanga will join the camp today in Ethiopia.
Charles Lukwago, Joel Mutakubwa, Enock Walusimbi, Innocent Esimu Wafula, Abdu Aziizi Kayondo, Halidi Lwaliwa, Murushid Juuko, Gavin Mugweri Kizito, Kenneth Ssemakula, Denis Iguma, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Shafik Kuchi Kagimu, Ibrahim Orit, Milton Karisa, Steven Dese Mukwala, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Captain), Richard Basangwa, Yunus Junior Sentamu, Abdu Lumala, Martin Kizza
Leader of Delegation: Isa Magoola
Head coach: Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic
Assistant coach: Moses Basena
Goalkeeping coach: Fred Kajoba Kisitu
Performance Coach: Franck Plaine
Fitness Coach: Felix Ayobo
Team Coordinator: Geofrey Massa
National Teams’ Officer: Paul Mukatabala
Team Physician: Emmanuel Nakabago
Team Physiotherapist: Ivan Ssewanyana
Kit Manager 1: Ayub Balyejusa
Kit Manager 2: Samuel Mulondo
Media Officer: David Isabirye