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AFCON 2021 QUALIFIERS: No locally based players as McKinstry summons Uganda Cranes Squad for South Sudan double header

The Uganda cranes head coach Jonathan McKinstry has named a 20-man squad ahead of AFCON 2021 qualifiers against South Sudan.

The squad consists of only foreign based players.

According to Mckinstry, up to six slots are available for locally based players in the team but further assessment of their preparedness will be done as the Dubai camp wasn’t not enough.

Only seven players included on the squad were involved in the training camp that was held in Dubai.

Players including Taddeo Lwanga and Moses Waiswa who had been initially summoned in March before the COVID 19 outbreak have been left out, so is the injured Bevis Mugabi who was part of the cranes camp in Dubai but sustained a shoulder injury shortly after returning to his club Motherwell.

The gaffer says all the summoned players are in the right shape to help the team achieve their target.

The team is expected to start preparations early November with the first leg to be played on 9th November at the St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.

Uganda currently tops group B with four points.

THE SUMMONED PLAYERS:

Goalkeepers: Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Magoola Jamal Salim and (Al Hilal Omdruman, Sudan).

Defenders: Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds FK, Sweden), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania), Timothy Denis Awany (Sport Club Ironi Ashdod, Israel), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, Democratic Republic of Congo), Alex Kakuba (CD Cova Piedade, Portugal), and Elvis Bwomono (Southend United, England).

Midfielders: Michael Azira (Chicago Fire, USA), Khalid Aucho (Misr Lel Makasa, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), and Allan Okello (Paradou, Algeria).

Forwards: Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt), Alexis Bbakka (UMEA, Sweden), Fahad Bayo (Ironi Ashdod, Israel), Farouk Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey), William Kizito Luwagga (Hapoel, Israel), Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers, England), and Edirisa Lubega (Paide Linnameeskond, Estonia).

By Fredrick Kalyango

Twitter: @KalyangoFredri3

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