Hippos’ head coach Jackson Mayanja has confirmed two Uganda Premier League friendly matches ahead of the 2023 U20 Africa Cup of Nations.
The former Ugandan International made it public knowledge that the Hippos will twice play against BUL FC before later taking on KCCA FC.
“Tomorrow (Wednesday), we shall play BUL, play it again on Saturday before taking on KCCA,” said the tactician following their 1-0 win against Big League side Jinja North United in a friendly on Monday.
He also highlighted the competition in camp but revealed the 50-man squad will be trimmed this week.
“There’s no pressure as everyone is categorized in their preferred role. So, there is competition yet everyone has to fight for their place in the team.”
“We are at the moment working more on the players’ fitness levels, as we slightly touch on the tactical aspects.”
“Most of the players lack fitness as they were not playing for their clubs, while some are talented but are unattached. So we have to help them physically.”
The continental showdown is slated for Egypt in February, with each semi-finalist assured of a spot in the 2023 World Cup in Indonesia.
The full provisional Squad
Goalkeepers: Abdu Magada (Gaddafi FC), Kamya Shamulan (Soltilo Bright Stars FC), Ssenyondwa Denis Kaala (Bushenyi Veterans FC), Nsumba Venacious (Wakiso Giants FC), Oyo Delton (SC Villa)
Defenders: Lukwago Haruna (KCCA FC), Opiru Justine (URA FC), Mpanga Sula (Maroons FC), Ibrahim Juma (FC Leganes, Spain), Jimmy Ndalambi (Blacks Power FC), Samson Kasozi (UPDF FC), Ronald Madoi (Wakiso Giants FC), Kakogwe Apollo (Wakiso Giants FC), Rogers Torach (Vipers SC), Simon Mukisa (UPDF FC), Enyou Allan (Elite Falcons FC, Dubai), Kibande Cyrus (Teranova Soccer Academy), Kitariko Kiano (Kedleston Road, Derby Campus, UK)
Midfielders: Saidi Mayanja (KCCA FC), Ivan Irinimbabazi (Soltilo Bright Stars FC), Frank Katongole (St. Mary’s, Kitende), Allan Kiggundu (Bul FC), Kyazze Faizo (Manyangwa FC) Mugulusi Isma (Makedonikos FC, Greece), Jemba AbduShakur Ramsey( International House Football Academy, Manchester), Titus Ssematimba (Wakiso Giants FC), Travis Mutyaba (SC Villa), Faisal Wabyoona (KCCA FC), Andrew Kawooya (KCCA FC), Mutebi Hakim (St. Mary’s Kitende), Nyanzi Marvin, (Wakiso Giants FC), Mukisa Owen (Bul FC), Christian Mulindwa (Rangers FC)
Forwards: Kasinde Ibrahim (Soltilo Bright Stars FC), Rogers Mugisha (UPDF FC), Kakande Patrick Jonah ( SC Villa), Hassan Mubiru,(Express FC), Ivan Asaba (Vipers SC), Umar Lutalo (SC Villa), Issa Bugembe (Soltilo Bright Stars FC), Kyeyune Abas (UPDF FC), Oscar Mawa (Italy), Emmanuel Mukisa (Kataka FC), Magogo Shafiq (UPDF FC), Dembe John Paul (KCCA FC U20), Kato Shaun Senkubuge (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Alpha Ssali (Unattached), Ssevume Simeo (Rubaga High School), Kakaire Thomas (Unattached)