July 5, 2022

Failed audition: UK-born Stars dropped

By Allan Damba
Ibra Sekajja attempts a shot during a training session with the Uganda Cranes | FUFA Image

A quadruple of UK-born players who had been called up in the Uganda Cranes provisional squad for the AFCON qualifiers have all been dropped as head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ So named the traveling squad on Saturday.

Forwards Ibrah Sekajja, Nathan Odokonyero, and Tirhys Luknyomoi who feature for Dulwich Hamlet FC, Bognor Regis FC, and AFC Port Chester FC respectively, and goalkeeper Giouse Bellagambi of Huddersfield Town have all missed the cut.

Micho had initially warned that they were all under evaluation and that none was guaranteed a spot.

The Serbian named 16 players from the squad that has been training locally for about a week.

They will camp in Tunisia to acclimatize to the weather in North Africa, before they finally set off for Oran, Algeria.

The match against the latter is on June 4 before they face Niger four days later at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

Four players including Moses Aliro, Najib Yiga, Denis Otim, and Rogers Mato have all been directed to keep in the local camp at Kisasi Paradise Hotel, as they ready themselves for Niger.

Eight foreign-based players Bevis Mugabi, Allan Okello, Allan Kyambadde, Elvis Bwomono, Aucho Khalid, Abdu Aziz Kayondo, Derrick Kakooza, and Steven Sserwadda will join the squad in Tunisia.

The 16 man traveling squad

Goalkeepers: Charles Lukwago, Nafian Alionzi

Defenders: Gavin Kizito Mugweri, Halid Lwaliwa, Isaac Muleme, Enoch Walusimbi, Musa Ramathan, James Begisa Penz.

Midfielders: Bobosi Byaruhanga, Marvin Joseph Youngman.

Forwards: Milton Karisa, Martin Kizza, Faruku Miya, Emmanuel Okwi, Joseph Fahad Bayo, Muhammad Shaban.

Players to Join in Tunisia

Bevis Mugabi, Allan Okello, Allan Kyambadde, Elvis Bwomono, Aucho Khalid, Abdu Aziz Kayondo, Derrick Kakooza, Steven Serwadda

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