Egyptian side Al Ittihad Alexandria FC have officially released Uganda Cranes striker Emmanuel Okwi for national duty.
Okwi is among the 20 foreign based players summoned by head coach Johnathan McKinstry ahead of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations double header against South Sudan.
“The Ugandan international is leaving to join his country during the period from November 9 to November 17 to participate in a training camp and play matches against South Sudan in the qualifiers of the AFCON to be held in Cameroon,” the club posted on its official Twitter account.
The Egyptian Premier League was concluded last weekend thus making the four Ugandan players who play there available to arrive at the Cranes camp earlier than the other professionals.
Khalid Aucho (Misr Lel Makasa), Allan Kyambadde (El Gounah FC), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha FC) and Okwi for Al Ittihad are the four Ugandan players who play in Egypt.
Okwi who is expected to join camp on November 9 will join forward Derrick Nsibambi who has already conducted a training session with the local contingent.
Uganda Cranes will host the first game against South Sudan at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on November 12 and the second game of the two ties will be played four days later on November 16 at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.
The CECAFA giants are top of their qualifying group B on four points after collecting a win and a draw from two games against Malawi and Burkina Faso respectively.
The 22-man local-based Players Squad
Goalkeepers: Alionzi Nafian (URA FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume FC)
Defenders: Derrick Ndahiro (SC Villa), Disan Galiwango (Vipers SC), Paul Willa (Vipers SC), Ashraf Mandela (URA), Denis Iguma (KCCA FC), Samuel Kato (KCCA FC), Murushid Juuko (Express FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Patrick Mbowa (URA FC)
Midfielders: Tony Mawejje (Police FC), Saidi Kyeyune (URA FC), Shafiq Kagimu (URA FC), Karim Watambala (Vipers SC), David Owori (SC Villa), Bright Anukani (KCCA FC)
Forwards: Ibrahim Oriti (Vipers Sc), Milton Karisa (Vipers SC), Steven Mukwala (URA FC), Brian Aheebwa (KCCA FC).
The 20-man foreign-based squad
Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns), Salim Jamal Magoola (Al Hilal Omdurman)
Defenders: Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe), Alex Kakuba (Cova de Piedade), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC), Elvis Bwomono (Southend United), Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds FK), Timothy Awany (Ashdod FC)
Midfielders: Micheal Azira (Chicago Fire), Khalid Aucho (Misr Lel Makasa), Kizito Luwagga (Hapoel Kfar Saba), Farouk Miya (Konyaspor), Emmanuel Okwi (Ittihad Alexandria), Allan Kymabadde (El Gounah FC), Allan Okello (Paradou FC)
Forwards: Fahad Bayo (Ashdod FC), Edrisa Lubega (Paide Linnameeskond), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha FC), Mubiru Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers), Alexis Bbakka (Umea FC)