Reports indicate that on form Police midfielder Juma Balinya has been overlooked as Cranes’ coach Sebastian Desabre named the locally based players for a camp in Egypt, Ismailia.
The Cranes will camp in Egypt before they face Tanzania on March 24th in Dar Es Salaam in their last qualifying round of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations.
Cranes defeated a Kampala Region Select side 4-0, Vipers’ striker Daniel Muzeyi Sserunkuma grabbed a brace, KCCA FC’s Allan Okello and Proline’s Bright Anukani scored the others at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo on Saturday.
Currently leading the scorers’ charts of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League with 16 goals, Balinya started the game on the left side of midfield but was withdrawn at halftime.
Football-256 has learnt that Desabre selected eight locally based with KCCA FC taking the lion’s share with five.
These include; Allan Okello, Patrick Kaddu, Timothy Awany, Allan Kyambadde and Sadam Ibrahim Juma.
Though it’s said the later might be on standby because of Visa and passport issues.
Vipers trio of Taddeo Lwanga, Halid Lwaliwa and Moses Waiswa also made the cut together with Godfrey Walusimbi and Hassan Wasswa who are clubless at the moment.
With Wasswa suspended and Denis Iguma injured, the task on who will start alongside Murushid Juuko against Tanzania is with Awany and Halid.
Cranes have already booked their ticket to Egypt and lead Group L with 13 points and remain the only side yet to concede a goal.
The 15 foreign based players Summoned for camp in Cairo,Egypt: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilah Omdruman, Sudan), Robert Odongkara ( Adama City FC, Ethiopia), Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), Chrysostom Ntambi (Coffee FC, Ethiopia), Nicolas Wadada Azam FC, Tanzania), Moses Opondo (VendsysselFF, Denmark), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia), Edris Lubega (SV Reid, Austria), Emma Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Muhammad Shaban (Raja Casablanca, Morocco)
Uganda Cranes Training programme
March 18th-22nd: 24 man Uganda Cranes Squad camp in Ismailia, Egypt
March 23rd: 24 man Uganda Cranes Squad flies to Tanzania
March 24th Tanzania vs Uganda (AFCON Qualifier in Dar es Salaam)