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Micho reveals Cranes squad for tour of Turkey and Asia

Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has finalised his Uganda Cranes squad for a scheduled tour of Europe and Asia this month.

The Cranes coach had initially named a provisional squad for friendless against Gabon and Mauritania in Dubai, but they were called after the United Arab Emirates cancelled all flights from Uganda owing to a coronavirus surge.

The aborted trip was then replaced by the tour that will see the national team play friendlies in Turkey, Iraq and Bahrain.

Uganda will play five international build up matches against Iceland, Botoșani and Moldova in Turkey. Two other build ups will be held in Asia; against Iraq in Baghdad and Bahrain in Bahrain city.

For the tour, up to 44 players have been called upon and these will include two foreign based goalkeepers Charles Lukwago and Ismail Watenga.

The team also includes majority of the players that were part of the 21-man squad most notably striker Muhammed Shaban who has rediscovered his form with boyhood club Onduparaka FC.

The striker has scored six goals in his previous seven appearances also netting in his last four games successively.

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The 23-year-old last featured for the Cranes at the 2021 African Nations Championships, coming on as a substitute for the final 36 minutes of Uganda’s 5-2 defeat to Morocco.

At CHAN, he also played the entire 90 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to Togo, but limited playing time at club level had ruled him out of subsequent games including all six 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers under Micho.

Former KCCA FC striker Patrick Kaddu has also been recalled despite being without a club, and there is also a return for Police FC left back Eric Ssenjobe who was part of the team at CHAN 2021.

Goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan is also recalled to the national fold together with Vipers SC young goalkeeper Jack Komakech.

Komakech’s former U20 teammates like Aziz Kayondo, Gavin Kizito, Kenneth Ssemakula and Bobosi Byaruhanga have also been included on the team.

The team is expected to convene for camp on January 9 and will undertake a training session in the afternoon before they depart for Turkey on January 10.

The Cranes will play their first match of the tour against Iceland on January 12, in Turkey. The second match will be played on January 15, against Romania club Botoșani FC.

Their third challenge will come on January 18 against Moldova after which they will shift base to Asia, playing against Iraq on January 21 in Baghdad City and wind up the tour with a friendly against Bahrain on January 27 in Bahrain City.

The Full Summoned Squad:

Goalkeepers: Charles Lukwago (Saint George, Ethiopia), Isma Watenga (Chippa United, South Africa), Joel Mutakubwa (Express), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA), Nafian Alionzi (URA), Jack Komakech (Vipers)

Defenders: Gavin Kizito Mugwer (SC Villa), Innocent Wafula (KCCA), James Begisa (UPDF), Geriga Atendele (Arua Hills), Abdu Aziizi Kayondo (Vipers SC), Eric Senjobe (Police), Herbert Achai (KCCA), Juma Ibrahim (KCCA), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers), Denis Iguma (KCCA), Livingstone Mulondo (KCCA), John Revita (KCCA), Enock Walusimbi (Express), Fesali Najib (URA), Kenneth Semakula (Sc Villa), Joseph Bright Vuni (Arua Hill), Benjamin Nyakojjo (URA)

Midfielders: Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers), George Kasonko (BUL), Mahad Kakooza (Express), Ashraf Mugume (KCCA), Shafik Kagimu (URA), Bright Anukani (Vipers), Saidi Kyeyune (URA), Martin Kizza (Express)

Forwards: Kaddu Patrick (Unattached), Milton Karisa (Vipers), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers), Sadat Anaku (KCCA), Travis Mutyaba (SC Villa), Muhamed Shaban (Onduparaka), Rogers Mato (KCCA), Musa Esenu (BUL), Alfred Leku (Arua Hill), Steven Mukwala (URA), Cromwell Rwothomio (URA), Kirya Amos (Gaddafi), Sentamu Yunus (Vipers), Sematimba Titus (Wakiso Giants)

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Uganda Cranes Tour of Turkey and Asia program:
9th January 2022: Team converges in the morning & Training in Afternoon
10th January 2022: Traveling to Turkey
12th January 2022: Iceland Vs Uganda – Antalya, Turkey
15th January 2022: Botosani Vs Uganda – Antalya, Turkey
18th January 2022: Moldova Vs Uganda – Antalya, Turkey
21st January 2022: Iraq Vs Uganda – Baghdad
27th January 2022: Bahrain Vs Uganda – Bahrain city
28th January 2022: Return to Uganda

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