The Uganda U17 national football team will be aiming for a maiden World Cup appearance when the qualifiers begin at the end of September.
This long journey to Peru in 2023 begins with the 2023 U17 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Uganda Cubs will start their qualification campaign at the CECAFA Zonal level between September 30th and October 15th, 2022 in Ethiopia.
Two slots are reserved for the best two performing teams from the CECAFA region at the 2023 U17 AFCON in Algeria.
Should Uganda qualify for the 2023 AFCON and then reach the semifinals, they will have booked their ticket to Peru for the World Cup.
When Uganda qualified for its first AFCON in 2019, it did not go beyond the group stages at the tournament that was held in Tanzania.
They made their second qualification for the 2021 AFCON but the tournament that was set to be staged in Morocco was abandoned due to the coronavirus.
The squad of 35 players has already entered camp at FUFA Technical Center but it will soon be trimmed to a lesser number before traveling to Ethiopia.
“Initially the number is high but we expect to reduce it in maybe a week to come because we are running out of time,” head coach Hamza Lutalo told FUFA.
“At this level, we are mainly looking at the fitness of the players and so far the players are in a good shape, let’s see what happens later as we prepare to select the final squad.”
Lutalo will be assisted by UPDF FC head coach Brian Sseyondo, BUL FC’s Simeon Masaba is the fitness coach and the goalkeepers’ coach is Mubarak Kiberu.