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Uganda Cranes set ball rolling for AFCON campaign in Egypt

UGANDA have named their provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Finals in Egypt — June 21 to July 19. The 15 foreign based players and nine from the domestic Uganda Premier League will join a pre-tournament camp in Cairo, Egypt from March 18 to 22.

The Ugandans hope to make an early “familiarity” with Egypt, well ahead of AFCON finals. Meanwhile, the short camp will prepare the already qualified Cranes for last match in the AFCON qualifiers against Tanzania on March 24. It is a do-or-die Group ‘L’ match for Tanzania who must beat the Cranes in Dar es Salaam while hoping that Lesotho are held to a draw or beaten by Cape Verde in Cape Verde.

Uganda Cranes line up before a recent match in Cape Verde. Top: Emmanuel Okwi of Simba, Tanzania, who is in the Cranes squad for forthcoming AFCON action leads celebration after a Uganda scores at Nelson Mandela National Stadium, Kampala

Uganda Cranes line up before a recent match in Cape Verde. Top: Emmanuel Okwi of Simba, Tanzania, who is in the Cranes squad for forthcoming AFCON action leads celebration after a Uganda scores at Nelson Mandela National Stadium, Kampala

The proposed Cranes AFCON squad includes three players who have had Kenyan Premier League contracts in past namely: Khalid Aucho (formerly of Tusker and Gor Mahia), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia) and Dan Sserunkuma (Nairobi City Stars, Gor Mahia, Bandari).

Cranes coach, Frenchman Sebastien Desabre, will first put local-based players in training programme at Lugogo sports complex between March 11 and 15. The group will play a trial match against a Kampala Regional Select XI on March 16 after which he will pick nine players to join 15 foreign based professionals.

Godfrey Walusimbi (right) in his Kenyan Premier League days takes on Tusker. The Uganda Cranes player currently without a club has been called to the 2019 AFCON squad

Godfrey Walusimbi (right) in his Kenyan Premier League days takes on Tusker. The Uganda Cranes player currently without a club has been called to the 2019 AFCON squad

The 24-man Cranes squad then flies to Egypt on March 17 for the five-day camp. From there they will fly to Tanzania. Desabre said of the qualified Cranes who lead Group ‘L’ with eight points ahead of Lesotho (5), Tanzania (5) and Cape Verde (4):

“We are setting the ball rolling as we want to finish on a high in the group with good results against Tanzania. I have summoned a new player on the team playing in Germany while some have been recalled to the squad. We are hopeful they will do a good job.

‘I have been impressed with the quality of players in the domestic league. During the local camp, I will choose nine players to complete the group for match against Taifa Stars. The local camp will also be an opportunity for me to have early preparations of players for 2020 CHAN Qualifiers against South Sudan in July and August.”

Khalid Aucho (left) of Gor Mahia challenges Juma Mbwana Faki of Zanzibar’s KMKM during their Cecafa Kagame Cup club championship match at the National Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam on July 20, 2015. Aucho, now of Church Hill Brothers FC, India is in the Uganda Cranes squad for the 2019 AFCON

Khalid Aucho (left) of Gor Mahia challenges Juma Mbwana Faki of Zanzibar’s KMKM during their Cecafa Kagame Cup club championship match at the National Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam on July 20, 2015. Aucho, now of Church Hill Brothers FC, India is in the Uganda Cranes squad for the 2019 AFCON

Meanwhile, also AFCON Finals qualified Kenya have named their 24-man squad and reserves for their Group ‘F’ dead-rubber fixture against fellow 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finalists Ghana.

The Kenyans are Egypt-bound for this year’s tournament, returning to the AFCON for the first time since 2004, having taken part previously in 1972, ’88, ’90 and ’92. Their coach, Sébastien Migne features two debutants, David Sessay, and Christopher Mbamba, based in England and Sweden respectively. There are also Kenyan Premier League’s Duke Abuya (Kariobangi Sharks) and Faruk Shikalo (Bandari) making their call-up debuts.

The 15 foreign-based Uganda Cranes:

Denis Onyango – (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa)

Jamal Salim Magoola – (Al Hilal Omdurman, Sudan)

Robert Odongkara (Adama City FC, Ethiopia)

Murushid Jjuuko – (Simba, Tanzania)

Denis Iguma – (Kazma, Kuwait)

Nicholas Wadada – (Azam, Tanzania)

Herbert Bockhorn – (Borussia Dortmund, Germany)

Moses Opondo – (Vendsyssel FF, Denmark)

Joseph Ochaya – (TP Mazembe, DR Congo)

Khalid Aucho – (Church Hill Brothers, India)

Farouk Miya – (Gorica, Croatia)

Edris Lubega – (SV Reid, Austria)

Emmanuel Okwi – (Simba-Tanzania)

Milton Karissa – (MC Oujda, Morocco)

Muhammad Shaban – (Raja Casablanca, Morocco)

Home-based call-ups, 31, (nine to make team v Tanzania):

Nicholas Sebwato – (Onduparaka)

Saidi Keni – (SC Villa)

James Alitho – (URA)

Charles Lukwago – (KCCA)

Filbert Obenchan – (KCCA)

Paul Willa – (Police)

Samson Mutyaba – (Maroons)

Mustafa Kizza – (KCCA)

Brian Majwega – (Maroons)

Godfrey Walusimbi – (Unattached)

Timothy Awanyi – (KCCA)

Paul Baker Mbowa – (URA)

Mustafa Mujuzi – (Proline)

Halid Lwaliwa – (Vipers)

Rashid Toha – (Onduparaka)

Hassan Wasswa Mawanda – (Unattached)

Juma Sadam – (KCCA)

Ivan Eyam – (Mbarara)

Taddeo Lwanga – (Vipers)

Allan Okello – (KCCA)

Moses Waisswa (Vipers)

Bright Anukani – (Proline)

David ­ Owori – (SC Villa)

Allan Kyambadde – (KCCA)

Micheal Birungi – (Express)

Julius Poloto – (KCCA)

Juma Balinya – (Police)

Dan Sserunkuma – (Vipers)

Henry Kaddu – (KCCA)

Joel Madondo (K-Jinja)

Bashir Mutanda – (SC Villa)

Kenya captain Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur (English Premier) is recently recovered from injury and has a look on the horizon, in lead to the 2019 AFCON Finals, Harambee Stars' first since 2004

Kenya captain Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur (English Premier) is recently recovered from injury and has a look on the horizon, in lead to the 2019 AFCON Finals, Harambee Stars’ first since 2004

KENYA (to play Ghana in last AFCON qualifier):

(Kenyan Premier League unless stated)

Goalkeepers:

1 Patrick Matasi (St George, Ethiopia)

2 Farouk Shikalo(Bandari)

3 John Oyemba(Kariobangi Sharks)

Defenders:

4 Erick Ouma (Vasalund, Sweden)

5 Musa Mohammed(Nkana, Zambia)

6 David Owino (Zesco United, Zambia)

7 Brian Mandela(Maritzburg, South Africa)

8 David Sessay(Crawley Town, England)

9 Philemon Otieno(Gor Mahia)

10 Bernard Ochieng’(Vihiga United)

11 Joash Onyango(Gor Mahia)

Midfielders:

12 Erick Johanna(IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden)

13 Johanna Omollo(Cercle Brugge, Belgium)

14 Ismael Gonzales (UD Las Palmas B, Spain)

15 Paul Were – (Trikala, Greece)

16 Victor Wanyama – (Tottenham Hotspurs, England)

17 Francis Kahata – (Gor Mahia)

18 Christopher Tangen Mbamba – (Oskarshamns, Sweden)

19 Dennis Odhiambo – (Sofapaka)

20 Anthony ‘Teddy’ Akumu – (Zesco United, Zambia)

Forwards:

21 Michael Olunga – (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan)

22 Duke Abuya – (Kariobangi Sharks)

23 Cliff Nyakeya – (Mathare United)

24 Masud Juma – (Al Nasr, Libya)

Reserves:

25 Abdallah Hassan – (Bandari)

26 Allan Wanga – (Kakamega HomeBoyz)

27 Nicholas Kipkirui – (Gor Mahia)

28 Roy Okal – (Mathare United)

29 Cliffton Miheso – (Club Olimpico Montijo, Portugal)

2019 AFCON QUALIFIERS

 Group ‘A’:

Senegal, Madagascar qualified; eliminated Equatorial Guinea, Sudan

Group ‘B’:

Morocco qualified; Cameroon, Comoros in contention; eliminated Malawi

Group ‘C’:

Mali qualified; Burundi, Gabon in contention; eliminated South Sudan

Group ‘D’:

Algeria qualified; Benin, Togo, Gambia in contention

Group ‘E’:

Nigeria qualified; South Africa, Libya in contention; eliminated Seychelles

Group ‘F’:

Kenya, Ghana qualified; eliminated Ethiopia, disqualified Sierra Leone

Group ‘G’:

Zimbabwe, Liberia, DR Congo (Kinshasa), Congo (Brazzaville) in contention

Group ‘H’:

Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire qualified; eliminated Central Africa Republic, Rwanda

Group ‘I’:

Mauritania qualified; Angola, Burkina Faso in contention; eliminated Botswana

Group ‘J’:

Tunisia, Egypt qualified; eliminated Niger, Eswatini (Swaziland)

Group ‘K’:

Guinea-Bissau, Namibia, Mozambique in contention; eliminated Zambia

Group ‘L’:

Uganda qualified; Lesotho, Tanzania, Cape Verde in contention

-Additional reporting by Correspondents, FUFA

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