Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre recently summoned a 27-man provisional squad that embarked on residential training at Kabira Country club before flying out to Abu Dhabi for another three weeks camp ahead of Africa’s biggest football show piece that kicks off on June 21st in Egypt.
In the summoned squad, the Frenchman included new faces; Alexis Bakka, Ronald Mukiibi and Abdul Lumala in the usual team that are yet to play in any competitive match in the famous black, yellow and red jersey.
Ronald Lusulire brings you proper season details of the new boys in the team with their number of matches and minutes on the field of play at their respective clubs so far.
Ronald Brian Ddungu Mukiibi (Ostersunds FK, Sweden)
Unlike last season, the lanky defender has not yet had the best of playing time in the new Allsvenskun season making 256 minutes from 5 games out of 11 games played where he has been deployed more as right back.
This has been the case since the arrival of another Ugandan Isaac Ssewankambo from Norwegian side Molde FC.
It should be noted that Mukiibi was part of the Uganda Cranes 2017 AFCON provisional squad to Gabon but was dropped in Kampala due to injury before the team flew out for training camp in Tunisia.
Bevis Christopher Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England)
The former Southampton player made 32 appearances out of 46 matches for Yeovil Town in the EFL League Two.
However, Yeovil Town was relegated to the National division League (5th Division) after finishing on the bottom of the 24-team log with 40 points from 46 outings. Mugabi was able to play 2569 minutes scoring once with one yellow card in the entire season.
Having earned his maiden call up under Sebastien Desabre earlier this year, he was not considered during the qualification campaign but after the horrific knee injury of versatile player Denis Iguma, he was reconsidered as Nicholas Wadada’s back up in the right back position.
Alexis Bakka (Carlstard United, Sweden)
Bakka caught the eye of Desabre while on his visit to Sweden in a league match between Carlstard United and BK Forward FC where Bakka impressively scored two goals thus earning his maiden national team call up.
This season in the Swedish division one in the Nora group (3rd tier), he made seven appearances out of ten games so far recording 503 minutes and netting six times.
Abdul Lumala, (Syrianska, Sweden)
Known by many Ugandans as Ssali Chance Lumalinho, Lumala is blessed with pace, electrifying dribbles and intelligence on the ball.
Formerly at Old Kampala SS and St. Mary’s SS Kitende, Lumala currently plies his trade at Syrianska in the Suprettan league (2nd tier). He managed nine appearances from ten games so far managing 706 minutes with one goal and two yellow cards.
He has previously played for Varnamo, Helsingborg, Varberg, Mjallby all in the Suprettan (2nd tier) and Kalmar in the Allsvenskan (Swedish top tier).
Cranes’ Squad in Abu Dhabi
Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City – Ethiopia)
Defenders: Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England), Isaac Muleme (FK Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Godfrey Walsumbi, Ronald Mukiibi (Östersunds FK – Sweden), Murushid Juuko (Simba SC – Tanzania)
Midfielders: William Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazakhstan), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Kirizestom Ntambi (Coffee FC, Ethiopia), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), Lumala Abdul (Syrianska FC, Sweden), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC-Uganda), Mike Azira (Montreal Impact – USA)
Strikers: Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United, Sweden), Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda), Emmanuel Okwi (Simba SC – Tanzania)