July 5, 2022

FIFA WCQ 2022: Mugabi brings competitive edge to Cranes – Micho

By Brian Aheebwa
Cranes' defender Bevis Mugabi (R) in action against Zimbabwe during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt / FUFA Image

The return of defender Bevis Mugabi is a major boost to the national team ahead of the last two games of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers says Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojević.

The Motherwell FC player last featured for the Cranes in a 2-0 win over Malawi in November 2019 during the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.

Mugabi arrived from Scotland on Tuesday and he is part of Micho’s 28-man squad that is set to face Kenya and Mali on November 11 and 14 respectively.

“Mugabi plays in one of the top leagues in Europe and he has of late put a nice shift,” Micho said in his pre-match presser at FUFA Complex in Mengo on Wednesday morning.

“He has been playing game in game out since returning from injury. He will bring in the balance and competitive edge to the team and this is exactly what he has done ever since he started representing this nation.”

“He is a top player for his club and he will equally be important to us, adding that experience to a young squad that we are having,” he added.

In addition to his injury problem, the travel restrictions in the United Kingdom due to COVID-19 had stopped Mugabi from joining the Cranes recently.

The Cranes are second in Group E on eight points, two behind group leaders Mali who visit Rwanda on matchday five of the qualifiers.

Uganda Cranes 28-man squad

Goalkeepers: Charles Lukwago (St George, Ethiopia), Mathias Kigonya (Azam, Tanzania), Isma Watenga (Chippa United, South Africa), Joel Mutakubwa (Express, Uganda)

Defenders: Isaac Muleme (Viktoria Žižkov, Czech Republic), Abdul-Aziizi Kayondo (Vipers, Uganda), Timothy Denis Awany (FC Ashdod, Israel), Bevis Kristofer Kizito Mugabi (Motherwell, Scotland), Denis Iguma (KCCA, Uganda), Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa, Uganda), Livingstone Mulondo (Vipers, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Kenneth Semakula (SC Villa, Uganda), Geoffrey Waswa (KCCA, Uganda)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Young Africans, Tanzania), Allan Okello (AC Paradou, Algeria), Moses Waiswa (SuperSport United, South Africa), Shafik Kuchi Kagimu (URA, Uganda), Julius Poloto (KCCA, Uganda), John Revita (KCCA, Uganda), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers, Uganda), Mahad Kakooza (Express, Uganda)

Forwards: Fahad Bayo (FC Ashdod, Israel), Yunus Junior Sentamu (Vipers, Uganda), Steven Desse Mukwala (URA, Uganda), Milton Karisa (Vipers, Uganda), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers, Uganda), Martin Kizza (Express, Uganda)

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