Kaddu, Waiswa could return to Cranes fold for AFCON qualifiers

Striker Patrick Kaddu and midfielder Moses Waiswa are expected to be included on the Uganda Cranes squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in March, Football256 has learnt.

The Cranes will play crucial qualifiers against Burkina Faso and Malawi as the Cranes chase a third consecutive AFCON qualification for the first time since playing at the AFCONs between 1974 and 1978.

The two names were among those discussed by Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry and his assistants for the qualifiers last week before he was asked to step aside from duty for a month.

Kaddu is poised to represent his country for the first time after nearly 15 months since he was summoned for the AFCON qualifiers against Burkina Faso and Malawi in November 2019.

The former KCCA striker started in the goalless draw against Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou but was an unused substitute in the second qualifier against Malawi in Kampala.

As his club form dipped, so did his national team prospects and was left out of subsequent call ups for the qualifying doubleheader against South Sudan in November 2020.

However, a move back to the Moroccan Botola Pro League with Yousoufia Berrechid in August where he has played in two of the club’s opening eight league games has earned him consideration for the national team.

Just like Kaddu, Waiswa will also return to the Cranes fold since playing against Tanzania in the 2019 AFCON qualifier.

A knee injury in the run-up to the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt ruled him out for six months before returning in January 2020 with his return affected by the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

But a considerable and consistent period of fitness which has seen him play in seven league games so far for SuperSport United in South Africa in the 2020/21 season has helped erase fitness concerns.

The Uganda Cranes squad which will take part in the qualifiers is expected to be announced on Thursday by interim coach Abdallah Mubiru.

Uganda sit second in their AFCON qualifying group B on seven points behind Burkina Faso who they host on March 24 before they travel to Malawi for their final AFCON qualifier.

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