Following a public outcry about the need for in-form goal-scorers on the Uganda Cranes provisional squad that’s gearing up for the African Nations Championships (CHAN), forward Nelson Senkatuka has been summoned.
The Soltilo Bright Stars striker, who is the Uganda Premier League leading scorer with seven goals (three assists), had been left out by head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic from the 35-man provisional squad.
“Bright Stars’ striker Nelson Senkatuka added to the Uganda Cranes CHAN squad. He will be part of the training this morning at the MTN Omondi Stadium Lugogo,” read a FUFA statement on Thursday.
Micho had snubbed this season’s top scorers, including Senkatuka, Alex Kitata, Yunus Sentamu, and Karim Ndugwa, and instead opted for the out-of-form Cromwel Rwothomio and Najib Yiga.
Uganda is pitted in Group B along with Senegal, Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of Congo for the Algeria edition set to kickstart on January 13th and end on February 04th, 2023.
The Cranes will set their campaign in motion a day after the opening ceremony against DRC at the 19 May Stadium, Annaba.
The 36-man provisional squad
Goalkeepers: Alionzi Nafian (URA FC), Joel Mutakubwa (Modern Gaddafi FC), Jack Komakech (Vipers SC), Mathias Muwanga (Onduparaka FC), Emmanuel Kalyowa (BUL FC)
Defenders: James Begisa (URA FC), Derrick Ndahiro (URA FC), Isa Mubiru (Vipers SC), Ashraf Mandela (Vipers SC), Hilary Mukundane (Vipers SC), Kenneth Semakula (SC Villa), Filbert Obenchan (KCCA FC), Geoffrey Wasswa (KCCA FC), Bright Vuni (Arua Hill SC), Fred Gift (SC Villa), Arthur Kiggundu (Express FC), Grant Matsiko (Wakiso Giants FC)
Midfielders: Siraje Ssentamu (Vipers SC), Karim Watambala (Vipers SC), Marvin Joseph Youngman (Vipers SC), Moses Waiswa (KCCA FC), Saidi Kyeyune (URA FC), Hussein Ssenoga (Express FC)
Wingers: Mohamed Ssenoga Kagawa (KCCA FC), Rogers Mato Kassim (KCCA FC), Moses Aliro (Wakiso Giants FC), Travis Mutyaba (SC Villa), Milton Karisa (Vipers SC), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers SC)
Forwards: Najib Yiga (Vipers SC), Bright Anukani (Vipers SC), Ibrahim Kasule (Wakiso Giants FC), Titus Ssematimba (Wakiso Giants FC), Frank Sebuufu (Wakiso Giants FC), Cromwel Rwothomio (Vipers SC), Nelson Senkatuka (Soltilo Bright Stars).