Three new UK-based players named in Uganda Cranes squad for South Sudan double header
2021 AFCON QUALIFIER:
28th March 2020 – Uganda Vs South Sudan – Mandela National, Namboole
31st March 2020 – South Sudan Vs Uganda – Khartoum
Uganda Cranes head coach Jonathan McKinstry has summoned a new-look Uganda Cranes squad ahead of the double header AFCON qualifiers against South slated for 28th and 31st March.
The 20-man squad comprising foreign-based players which was released at a press conference held at FUFA Complex on Thursday, consists of three new names of players who are based in the United Kingdom.
They include right back Elvis Okello Bwomono who plys his trade at Southend in the League One of England, Jayden Onen from Brentford B and Nigerian-Ugandan striker Karl Anthony Uchechukwu Mubiru Ikpeazu who plays for Hearts of Midlothian in Scotland.
25-year old Ikpeazu Mubiru was born in Harrow, London to a Nigerian father and a Ugandan mother and qualifies to play for the Uganda Cranes.
Onen is a 19 year old offensive midfielder and was once on the books of the Arsenal Academy while 21- year old Bwomono is a right back who was born in Uganda but left for England when he was four years old.
The 20 foreign based players will be joined by 5 local-based players who will be added to the squad from the current CHAN training camp.
Notable absentees in the new squad include; Midfielders Miya Farouk and William Kizito Luwagga who are currently nursing injuries in Turkey and Israel respective.
Isaac Muleme’s place has been taken by Alex Kakuba who turns out for Cova da Piadade in Portugal.
Jamal Salim returns to replace Robert Odongkara who hasn’t had sufficient playing time at Horoya just like Patrick Kaddu.
Murushid Jjuuko and Hassan Wasswa are also club-less and haven’t been considered by McKinstry.
The players are expected to jet in the country starting on March 23rd.
The 20 players will be joined by five others from the CHAN squad.
Uganda will host South Sudan at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole on 28th March before facing off South Sudan in Khartoum, Sudan on 31st. It should be noted that South Sudan host their home games in Sudan because Juba Stadium is still under refurbishment.
The Cranes are top of Group B of the AFCON Qualifiers with four points with Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Malawi the other countries in the group.
Goalkeepers: Dennis Masinde Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Salim Jamal Magoola (Al Hilal, Sudan)
Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania), Elvis Okello Bwomono(South End, England), Joseph Benson Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Ronald Mukiibi( Östersunds FK Sweden) , Timothy Awany ( F.C. Ashdod, Israel), Brevis Mugabi (Motherwell FC, Scotland), Alex Kakuba ( C.D. Cova da Piedade, Greece)
Midfielders: Mike Azira(Chicago Fire, US) , Jayden Onen (Brentford B, England), Taddeo Lwanga(Tanta FC, Egypt), Aucho Khalid ( Misr Lel Makkasa SC), Allan Okello (Paradou AC, Algeria), Moses Waiswa (Super Sport United FC, South Africa)
Forwards: Emmanuel Arnold Okwi(Al Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt), Abdu Lumala (Pyramids FC, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Alexis Bakka (UMEA FC), Sweden, Karl Anthony Uchechukwu Mubiru Ikpeazu(Heart of Midlothian FC)