By Simon Abaho
The new Cranes coach has named a 31 man provisional squad for the national team’s encounter against Kenya in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
The team will have a training camp in Jordan before having an international friendly and later play against neighbors, Kenya in the opening game in Nairobi on August, 31.
According to FUFA, the squad named today is for local-based players and a few foreign-based players still in Uganda but the final squad for the games against Kenya and Mali will be named after the game against Ethiopia.
The provisional squad has four goalkeepers including Express FC new signing, Joel Mutakubwa, Charles Lukwago(KCCA FC), Simon Tamale (Soltilo Bright Stars) and Nafian Alionzi (URA).
The team will enter its residential training at Cranes Paradise hotel after undergoing Covid tests to be done today, Friday, August, 13.
Cranes provisional squad
Goalkeepers:Joel Mutakubwa (Express ), Charles Lukwago (KCCA), Simon Tamale (Soltilo Bright Stars), Nafian Alionzi (URA)
Defenders:Enock Walusimbi (Express), Innocent Wafula (Mbarara City), Paul Willa (Vipers SC), Eric Ssenjobe (Police), Azizi Kayondo (Vipers), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers), Murushid Juuko (Express) Garvin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa), Kenneth Ssemakula (SC Villa), Hassan Muhamood (Police), Denis Iguma (KCCA)
Midfielders:Nicholas Kasozi (Kyetume), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers), Muzamiru Mutyaba (Express), Shafik Kuchi Kagimu (URA), Ali Abubaker Gift (KCCA), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers), Milton Karisa (Vipers SC), Abdu Lumala (Pyramids FC)
Forwards: Richard Basangwa (Vipers SC), Steven Mukwala (URA FC), Patrick Henry Kaddu (RS Berkene), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Unattached), Yunus Ssentamu (Vipers SC), Jude Ssemugabi (Mbarara City FC), Martin Kizza (Express FC)
Former Uganda Cranes captain Dennis Onyango is said to make a sensational return to the national team fold.
The Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper was rumored be included in coach Micho Sredojevic’s squad ahead of the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the start of next month.
Onyango announced his retirement from international football on April 12 after over 16 years of service.
This followed an audio attributed to him where he called out Fufa president Moses Magogo over the administrator’s derogatory statements after the latter termed football played by the Chan team as “shitty.”
Onyango Quoted the tweet By The NTV which is part of the Nation Media Group by Saying ” the official sources can confirm that this is absolutely false.”