AFCON Qualifiers: McKinstry Drops All Local Uganda Cranes’ Players From Squad To Face South Sudan

AFCON Qualifiers: McKinstry Drops All Local Uganda Cranes’ Players From Squad To Face South Sudan

 

By Norman Isaac Mwambazi

Uganda Cranes Head Coach Jonathan McKinstry has announced the Uganda Cranes provisional squad that will represent the country in the forthcoming 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) double-header qualifiers against South Sudan on November 9 and 17, 2020.

The 20-man squad, which McKinstry announced while at FUFA Headquarters in Mengo, consists of only foreign-based players, seven of who went for the training camp in Dubai, UAE during the previous international break.

During the press conference, Coach McKinstry said that six slots are still available for locally-based players pending further assessment.

It is believed that locally-based players have been omitted due to the fact that they may lack the required fitness as they have not played a competitive match since the league was stopped in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are the players summoned for national duty:

Goalkeepers:

Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Magoola Jamal Salim and (Al Hilal Omdruman, Sudan).

Defenders:

Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds FK, Sweden), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania), Timothy Denis Awany (Sport Club Ironi Ashdod, Israel), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, Democratic Republic of Congo), Alex Kakuba (CD Cova Piedade, Portugal), and Elvis Bwomono (Southend United, England).

Midfielders:

Michael Azira (Chicago Fire, USA), Khalid Aucho (Misr Lel Makasa, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), and Allan Okello (Paradou, Algeria).

Forwards:

Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt), Alexis Bbakka (UMEA, Sweden), Fahad Bayo (Ironi Ashdod, Israel), Farouk Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey), William Kizito Luwagga (Hapoel, Israel), Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers, England), and Edirisa Lubega (Paide Linnameeskond, Estonia).

In other news, Uganda Cranes have climbed one place in the recently released FIFA rankings, moving from position 77 to 76.

The top five teams are Belgium, France, Brazil, England, and Portugal.

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