As a way of preparing a competitive team for the April Total 2018 U17 Africa Cup of Nations, the FUFA technical team have named the Cubs’ (U17) team to present Uganda at the 2019 CECAFA U20 Championship.
The January 14th – 27th, 2018 competition that will be staged in Gulu and Njeru will help prepare the Cubs (who will play as the Hippos) for the AFCON finals in Tanzania according to FUFA Youth Development Officer Bashir Mutyaba.
“We have summoned the U17s because we are preparing them for the upcoming Total AFCON U17 tournament. We want to use it as a preparation contest for the boys to gain the competitive advantage,” Mutyaba told www.fufa.co.ug.
The team now under residential training at the Njeru Technical Centre is under the stewardship of the KCCA FC Junior team head coach Jackson Magera and Hamuza Lutalo as first and second assistant coaches respectively.
It’s not clear whether Peter Onen will be retained as the head coach of the Cubs after FUFA announced making changes aimed at re-structuring the management and technical set up of the Uganda National teams with instantaneous upshot.
National teams are now in two categories which are the junior teams and the National Senior sides, with the Cranes and U23 team under one management and the U20s and U17s under a different management. Magera is the latest addition to the national team setup.
The Hippos started residential training on Friday January 4th, 18 of the Uganda U-17 national team (Cubs) players who won the 2018 CAF region U-17 qualifiers in Tanzania for the AFCON 2019 U-17 finals are part of the 31 man team.
Goalkeepers: Delton Oyo (Kirinya-Jinja S.S Junior Team), Jack Komakech (Ndejje University Junior Team), Daniel Ssemwogerere (Bright Stars Junior Team), Eric Kaweesi (URA FC Junior Team)
Right Backs: John Rogers (Onduparaka Junior Team), Kevin Ssekimbega (Express Junior Team), Jonathan Gift Odong (Kakungulu Memorial)
Left Backs: Innocent Opiro (Ndejje University Junior Team), Ibrahim Juma (KCCA Soccer Academy)
Center backs: Gavin Kizito Mugweri (Vipers Junior Team), Yasin Mukiibi (Kataka), Samson Kasozi (Bright Stars Junior Team)
Holding Midfielders: Ronnie Ziraba (Express Junior Team), Shafik Waswanga (Ndejje University Junior Team), Ibrahim Ekellot (KCCA Soccer Academy)
Attacking Midfielders: John Kokas Alou (URA Junior Team), Thomas Kakaire (Bright Stars Junior Team), Polycarp Mwaka (Ndejje University Junior Team), Andrew Kawooya (Vipers Junior Team)
Wingers: Ivan Asaba (Vipers Junior Team), Yasin Abdul Owane (Vipers Junior Team), Isma Mugulusi (Kirinya-Jinja S.S Junior Team), Derrick Lubega (Express Junior Team), Owen Mukisa (BUL Junior Team)
Forwards: Iddi Abdul Wahid (Onduparaka Junior Team), Sekajja Davis (Bright Stars FC JT) Najib Yiga (Vipers Junior Team), George Opio (Luzira FC), Rogers Mugisha (Mbarara City Junior Team), James Jarieko (Paidha Black Angels Junior Team)