After failing to make it to the maiden African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament in 2009, Uganda made its maiden appearance for the 2011 edition held in Sudan.
Uganda edged Burundi 5-1 on aggregate in the first round to make it to the second round where they played to a two-all stalemate with Kenya on aggregate.
However, Uganda was able to seal a spot in the final tournament on away goals rule.
Uganda was placed in group A along with hosts Sudan, Algeria and Gabon but the Cranes lost all their three games, finishing bottom of the group without a point.
All they managed was scoring one goal which was scored by Sadam Juma in the last group game’s 2-1 defeat by Gabon.
In this article, Herman Nyanzi looks at the 23 players who represented Uganda in the 2011 tournament and where they are now.
By then, Muwonge was playing for Vipers SC before securing a move to Kenya’s Thika United.
He is currently playing at Bright Stars FC as back-up to Edwin Bule having lost the starting spot at the start of the 2019/20 campaign. Elsewhere, he played for Ggaba United, Kampala United and Simba FC.
Mugabi is currently at Zambian side Red Arrows FC, a club he joined in 2020 from Wakiso Giants FC.
By the time of the 2011 CHAN tournament, he was playing for SC Villa. He later played for Proline FC, URA FC, The Saints, KCCA FC, Police FC and Lusaka Dynamos in Zambia.
While Mugabi has not received as much consideration for the senior Cranes team due to stiff competition in the goalkeeping department, he was part of the Cranes team that played against Somalia in the first-round qualifiers for the 2020 CHAN finals.
The left-back was playing for Vipers SC by the time of the tournament. His good performance at the tournament saw him join Rwandan side APR. However, after just one year, he returned to Uganda joining KCCA FC in 2012.
He played for KCCA FC until 2018 when he left for SC Villa and then Katwe United where he currently plays.
Ssali was playing for Vipers SC by the time of the tournament. He had joined them from Express FC in 2007. He hung up his boots in 2015.
By the time of the tournament, Bukenya was at Proline FC. After a decent performance at the tournament, he secured a move to Iraqi Premier League side Erbil SC.
He then joined South African side Kaizer Chiefs in 2013 where he played for three seasons.
In 2016, he joined Indian side East Bengal before his Proline FC return in 2017. A year later, he joined Swedish side Linkoping City and also enjoyed a short spell at Police. He is currently without a club.
The 36-year-old defender is currently a retired footballer. By the time of the tournament, he was playing for URA FC before going on to play for Rwandan sides AS Kigali and Rayon Sports.
He later had stints at the now-defunct SC Victoria University and Kira Young.
Kisalita is currently at Wakiso Giants FC. By the time of the tournament, he was featuring for Lweza FC before moving to SC Villa and then Express FC.
During his early days, Kisalita promised so much but has failed to live up to expectations largely due to injuries.
Another of those that are currently retired. He is trying out coaching in the lower divisions of Ugandan football.
But by the time of the 2011 CHAN finals, Walulya was playing for URA FC. He then moved to Simba, returned to URA FC before going on to play for Victoria University, SC Villa and BUL FC.
Arguably the best right back of his generation, if not of all time. Masaba enjoyed a glittering career both at club and national level until his retirement in 2016.
Masaba rightly skippered the team at the 2011 CHAN tournament. But heading into the tournament, he was playing at URA and played for the club until retirement.
He ventured into coaching, and has worked with URA (where he is currently assistant coach), Onduparaka and is also part of the Uganda U20 national team coaching staff.
Iguma has made remarkable progress since the 2011 tournament where he made two appearances against Sudan and Gabon.
Since then, he played for SC Victoria University, Lebanese side Al-Ahed, Bekaa SC and he is currently playing for KCCA FC.
The midfielder cum right back has made 61 appearances for the senior national team and has played at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. He is part of the 2021 CHAN team.
Kaweesa was at URA FC at the time. He had stints at Lweza FC, Ethiopian side EEPCO and SC Villa. The defensive midfielder is currently without a club after he was released by SC Villa in 2019.
Ssemakula was featuring for SC Villa at the time of the tournament. He went on to play for Victoria University, Express FC, URA FC and Cameroonian side Bamboutos FC. He is currently without a club.
Ibrahim Sadam Juma
The midfielder scored the only goal that Uganda managed at the tournament against Gabon in the final group game. He was playing for Vipers SC by then.
Despite an injury-laden career, Sadam has gone on to play for Express FC and KCCA FC in Uganda and had a stint at Vietnamese side Xuan Thanh Sai Gon.
Sadam Juma is currently without a club after being released by KCCA FC at the end of 2019/2020 season.
Sulaiman ‘Mike’ Mutyaba
Another Vipers SC player by the time of the tournament, Mutyaba earned a move to Sudan’s El-Merrickh after impressing at the tourney. However, injuries hampered his progress signing for DR Congo giants TP Mazembe.
He returned to Uganda in 2014 and featured for Vipers SC and Express FC before injuries forced him into an early retirement in 2016.
However, in 2018 he came out of retirement when he signed for KCCA FC and even earned a recall to the Cranes, starting in the return leg against Burundi in Kampala.
Mutyaba was initially named part of the Cranes squad for CHAN before the tournament was suspended in March 2020 following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Mutyaba announced his retirement shortly after.
An SC Villa player in 2011, Sserunkuma then earned a move to Vipers SC. He has also played at Express FC, Tanzania’s Simba SC before a second stint at SC Villa was followed by Tooro United FC and then KCCA FC where he struggles for first team football.
Kasule was also a Vipers SC player at the time and has since had stints in Vietnam at Hoang Anh Gia Lai FC, URA FC, KCCA FC, Lweza FC. He is currently at Kyetume FC in the Uganda Premier League.
A talent who promised much but failed to live up to the hype, Bengo was featuring for URA FC by the time.
From URA FC, he featured for SC Villa, KCCA FC, Soana FC, Express FC and Wakiso Giants.
He also ventured outside Uganda in Rwanda playing for Kiyovu, Tanzania (Young Africans) and Kenya at Nakumatt. He retired in 2019 due to a heart problem.
Then at Vipers, Odur moved to KCCA FC, Zambian side Nkana Red Devils, Express FC, back to Vipers and then back to Express FC. He is currently at Big League side Katwe United.
His whereabouts are not currently known but Olobo was featuring for KCCA FC by the time of the tournament.
Then at Victors FC, Mugalu moved to DC Motema Pembe in DR Congo before joining KCCA FC but was loaned to Victors FC. He also had stints at SC Villa, Al-Sulaymaniyah FC in Iraq, Kiira Young, Lweza FC and BUL FC.
He has recently featured for Paidha Black Angels in the Uganda Premier League in the 2018/19 season.
Okhuti was at Vipers at the time and he has gone on to play for Express FC, KCCA FC and lately Onduparaka FC in the Uganda Premier League.
He also had spells at Vietnamese side Vissai Ninh Binh FC and El Nasir of South Sudan.
Edema was playing for Proline FC by the time. He went on to play for St. George in Ethiopia, Victoria University before moving to Portugal where he played for Águias Moradal, Beira-Mar, Limianos, Anadia FC, Sanjoanense, Eléctrico, Alcains, SG Sacavenense and Almeirim where he is currently.
Bobby Williamson – Coach
The Uganda national team coach by the time of the 2011 tournament. Williamson continued to coach the Uganda Cranes until 2013 when he was shown an exit door.
He then went to Kenya where he coached Gor Mahia and Kenya’s Harambe Stars until 2016. He is currently out of management.