By Baron Kironde
In the latest team selection for national duty, Uganda Cranes midfielder Khalid Aucho is not having sleepless nights over being snubbed by interim coach Abdallah Mubiru.
Mubiru, on Wednesday, named a generally local based 34-man provisional squad to face the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in an international friendly slated for June 10. Aucho was among Cranes regulars like Salim Jamal, and Joseph Ochaya that were left out.
Only 10 foreign players were summoned including; Emmanuel Okwi, who will captain the team, Mustafa Kizza, Allan Okello, Moses Waiswa, Elvis Bwomono, Abdu Lumala, Patrick Kaddu and Taddeo Lwanga.
“I am very sure the recruiting team know what they are doing, depending on their plans. They have the right to select who they want. If they had wanted me, they would have selected me,” Aucho told Football256.
“I am not even saddened at all. Besides, it is also not a must that I have to be summoned every time. Uganda has many players,” the midfielder further expressed.
The outspoken footballer who has been on the Ugandan national team since 2013 is confident that the technical team knows his capabilities well, and if needed, he will be called upon soon.
Ugandan soccer fans who enjoy Aucho’s hard-tackling approach only hope to see him playing for Uganda again, as it is now getting long since he last represented Uganda.
Aucho’s last outing with the Cranes was forgettable. On November 20, 2020, Aucho was sent off two minutes before Tito Okello’s goal saw Uganda Cranes suffer a shocking 1-0 loss to South Sudan during their 2021 AFCON qualifier at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.
The events after were more disastrous, Aucho was suspended by FUFA over indiscipline, and Uganda’s AFCON dream would days later be shattered in Malawi.
However, FUFA stated that they would not hesitate to give Aucho another chance to don the national colours as a Cranes player, only on the condition that he would humble himself.
World Cup qualifiers are up next for the Cranes in a few months, and until then, Aucho might be called upon to serve, but as for now, all he is doing is giving his all for his Egyptian club Misr Lel Makkasa SC.
The Uganda Cranes Squad to face South Africa
Goalkeepers: Ismail Watenga, Charles Lukwago, Simon Tamale, Mathias Kigonya
Defenders: Elvis Bwomono, Innocent Wafula, Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, Aziz Kayondo, Halid Lwaliwa, Murshid Juuko, Gavin Kizito Mugweri, Kenneth Ssemakula, Paul Patrick Mbowa, Enock Walusimbi, Muhamud Hassan
Midfielders: Taddeo Lwanga, Moses Waiswa Ndhondi, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Ivan Sserubiri, Bright Anukani, Shafik Kagimu, Ismail Mugulusi, Steven Serwaradda, Abdu Lumala, Ibrahim Orit, Joseph Akandwanaho
Forwards: Emmanuel Okwi, Richard Basangwa, Patrick Kaddu, Derrick Kakooza, Yunus Ssentamu, Eric Kambale, Allan Okello