Uganda Cranes are ready to faceoff with Burundi this Saturday in the CECAFA senior Challenge Cup, which is running from December 9 to 19, 2029.
Head Coach Johnathan McKinstry has so far named his final 20-man squad that will play for the Cranes and the selected players are all locally based and ply their trade in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
Vipers SC defender Halid Lwaliwa has been given the responsibility to lead the squad as the team Captain. Mckinstry however said it wasn’t easy to come up with the final squad.
He said that”The decision of selecting the 20 players was difficult. We have had 26 players in the previous days. Me and my coaches discussed for long to have the final list. There is so much talent within the squad. The six players who missed out are just unfortunate.”
Talking about Burundi, Mckinistry said that;
“We know that Burundi is going to prove to be tough opponents tomorrow. They are still wounded after the CHAN qualifier loss home and away. They may come to stop the record against us but all our players are ready for that.”
Uganda Cranes Final Squad for CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2019
Goalkeepers: Charles Lukwago (KCCCA FC) and Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume FC)
Defenders: Paul Willa (Vipers SC), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA FC), John Revita (KCCA FC), Musitafa Mujuzi (Proline FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC) (Capt), Paul Mbowa (URA FC).
Midfielders: Shafiq Kagimu (URA FC), Karim Watambala (Vipers SC), Nicolas Kasozi (KCCA FC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA FC)
Forwards: Allan Okello (KCCA FC), Viane Sekajugo (Wakiso Giants), Joachim Ojera (URA FC), Ben Ocen (Police FC), Joel Madondo (Busoga United), Fahad Bayo (Vipers SC), Steven Mukwala (Maroons FC)
Uganda Cranes is in Group A alongside Burundi, Somalia, Eritrea, and Djibouti.
The opening match is against Burundi on Saturday 7th December at 4:00 pm at the StarTimes at Stadium Lugogo.
The Cranes will later face Somalia in the second game on Monday 9th December before playing against Eritrea and Djibouti on Wednesday 11th and Sunday 15th December respectively.
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