Days after he was confirmed as the new Uganda Cranes head coach for at least the next three years, Jonathan McKinstry has released his first Uganda Cranes squad that will play in an international friendly against Ethiopia.
The friendly scheduled to be played on 13th October, 2019 in Bahrdar town, Ethiopia.
However, surprisingly there are no local based players included on the 22-man squad that will play in the friendly, as Mckinstry has focused on the foreign based players in a bid to get to know these players more going forward.
“The squad that has been summoned is largely reflective of the team that was selected for Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt,” Mckinstry disclosed to www.fufa.co.ug.
“The primary reason is to allow myself to get to know the players, start building relationships with them and assess their qualities in a training environment.” He added.
With the Cranes CHAN team yet to play its return leg against Burundi, McKinstry has decided not to include any local based players, but said that they will be considered for the AFCON Qualifiers in November.
“We have not included any of the home-based players because the following week after the match in Ethiopia, there will be a second CHAN qualifier at home against Burundi but will be considered for AFCON Qualifiers in November,” He continued.
Attacking midfielder Farouk Miya has been dropped for the friendly, while Captain Denis Onyango has been included in the squad, after he missed the previous friendly against Kenya.
Former Vipers forward Milton Kariisa has also made the squad, after being overlooked for previous Cranes teams, so does Moses Opondo who makes a return to the Cranes team since June 2018.
McKinstry together with his technical team that includes Abdallah Mubiru, Livingstone Mbabazi, and Sadiq Wassa will travel to Ethiopia soon where they will link up with the players.
Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Robert Odongkara (Horoya AC, Guinea)
Defenders: Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell, Scotland), Timothy Awany (FC Ashdod, Israel), Ronald Mukiibi Ddungu (FK Ostesunds, Sweden), Murushid Jjuuko (Wydad Casablanca), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Jeddah FC, Saudi Arabia), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe), Isaac Muleme (Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania)
Midfielders: Michael Azira (Chicago Fire, USA), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Tadeo Lwanga (Tanta, Egypt), Khalid Aucho (El Meskir, Egypt), Abdu Lumala (Pyramids, Egypt), William Luwagga Kizito (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazakhstan), Milton Karisa (Oujda, Egypt), Moses Opondo (FC Odense, Denmark)
Strikers: Patrick Henry Kaddu (RS Berkhane, Egypt), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Al Ittihad, Egypt)
Head Coach: Jonathan McKinstry
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