Uganda Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre has named a 46-man provisional squad comprising both local and foreign based players as they prepare for their last AFCON 2019 qualfying match against Tanzania, slated for 24th March 2019.Uganda have already qualified for the competition with a game to spare.
The released list has 31 locally based players while fifteen make the foreign cast. Nine players will be selected after a Regional tour match in Kampala for a camp in Cairo together with foreign contingent.
Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and Godfrey Walusimbi, who are currently unattached to any club have been included among the local based players.
Borussia Dortmund II Herbert Bockhorn is the highlight of the foreign based players. Bockhorn, a German of Ugandan decent, plays as right back but can be persuaded to play in central defence.
Uganda Premier League golden boot pursuers Bashir Mutanda, Juma Balinya and Daniel “Mzee” Sserunkuma are the conspicuous names on the local list.
Hilary Mukudane and Paul Mucuereezi of Mbarara City have been surprise exclusions from the squad. The duo have been in fine form for the Mbarara based side in the league with their performances causing rave reviews.
The 15 foreign based players Summoned for camp in Cairo, Egypt:
Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilah Omdruman, Sudan), Robert Odongkara ( Adama City FC, Ethiopia), Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), Denis Iguma ( Kazma, Kuwait), Nicolas Wadada Azam FC, Tanzania), Herbert Bockhorn Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Moses Opondo (VendsysselFF, Denmark), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia), Edris Lubega (SV Reid, Austria), Emma Okwi (MC Oujda, Morocco), Muhammad Shaban (Raja Casablanca, Morocco).
The 31 local based players: Sebwato Nicholas (Onduparaka Fc), Saidi Keni (Sc Villa), James Alitho (URA FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Obenchan Filbert (KCCA FC), Wila Paul (Paul FC), Samson Mutyaba (Maroons FC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Majwega Brian (Maroons FC), Godfrey Walusimbi (Unattached), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul Baker (URA FC), Mujuzi Musitafa (Proline FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Rashid Toha ( Onduparaka FC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Eyam Ivan (Mbarara City FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Okello Allan (KCCA FC), Waisswa Moses (Vipers SC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Owori David (Sc Villa), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Micheal Birungi (Express FC), Poloto Julius (KCCA C), Balinya Juma (Police FC), Serunkuma Daniel (Vipers SC), Kaddu Henry (KCCA FC), Madondo Joel (K-Jinja SS), Bashir Mutanda (Sc Villa).
11th -15th March 2019 training at Lugogo (Local based players)
13th March- FUFA Press Conference at 12.30pm- Uganda Cranes coach addresses media at Lugogo
17th March 2019-Uganda Cranes Squad flies to Cairo for residential camp
18th-22nd March 2019- (24 man Uganda Cranes Squad camp in Cairo, Egypt)
23rd March 2019- (24 man Uganda Cranes Squad flies to Tanzania)
24th March 2019 Tanzania vs Uganda (AFCON Qualifier in Dar es Salaam