Four KCCA FC players have been selected to join the Uganda Cranes camp in Cameroon, as part of the final 25-man squad that will take part in the upcoming African Nations Championship (CHAN).
Goalkeeper Charles Lukwago, defender Denis Iguma, midfielder Bright Anukani and striker Brian Aheebwa are the four players who will join the squad that is already in camp in Cameroon.
The quartet were not initially included on the Cranes team as they were still involved in the CAF Confederations Cup with their mother club, but were expected to join the squad after the game.
All four of the players were involved in KCCA’s first round qualifier against AS Kigali on Wednesday evening.
Aheebwa scored all three goals as KCCA ran out 3-1 winners, but they fell short of progressing to the play-off qualifiers after a 3-3 aggregate draw with Kigali progressing on away goals rule.
Meanwhile, the Cranes had travelled with a 25-man squad, and the inclusion of the four means that four players on the squad in Cameroon will be displaced.
Football256 understands that the three goalkeeper cast in camp will be maintained with Lukwago expected to be the first-choice goalkeeper.
Iguma has been included ahead of Ashraf Mandela, with Hassan Muhamood, Eric Ssenjobe and U20 left back Aziz Kayondo all maintained on the final squad.
Anukani will replace Wakiso Giants midfielder Hassan Ssenyonjo as the other option in midfield selection that includes experienced Tony Mawejje, Shafic Kagimu, Saidi Kyeyune, and young midfielders Bobosi Byaruhanga and AbdulKarim Watambala.
Aheebwa’s form going into the tournament makes him the headline act in Cranes’ attacking options at CHAN.
Joachim Ojera, Vianne Ssekajugo, Ben Ocen, Muhamad Shaban and Milton Karisa are the other options upfront, with Joseph Ssemujju and Steven Mukwala not selected for the final squad.
The Cranes will continue their preparations for the CHAN tournament with their final build up game against Niger on Thursday evening.
Uganda is drawn in group B alongside neighbours Rwanda, Togo and defending champions Morocco. The group’s action will unfold in the Douala City in Cameroon.
Uganda Cranes CHAN Squad
Goalkeepers: Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume FC), Nafian Alionzi (URA FC), Tom Ikara (Police FC)
Defenders: Eric Ssenjobe (Police FC), Aziz Kayondo (Vipers SC), Paul Willa (Vipers SC), Denis Iguma (KCCA FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Musitafa Mujuzi (Kyetume FC), Patrick Mbowa (URA FC), Hassan Muhammad (Police FC)
Midfielders: Shafiq Kagimu (URA FC), Tony Mawejje (Police FC), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC), Karim Watambala (Vipers SC), Saidi Kyeyune (URA FC), Bright Anukani (KCCA FC)
Forwards: Ben Ocen (Police FC), Brian Aheebwa (KCCA FC), Vianne Ssekajugo (Wakiso Giants FC), Joachim Ojera (URA FC), Milton Karisa (Vipers SC), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers SC), Mohamed Shaban (Vipers SC)