The national Under-23 and Under-20 men’s football teams have been summoned to prepare for upcoming Africa (AFCON) tournament engagements in respective categories.
For the U-23s, nicknamed The Kobs, will be in action against Guinea in the two-legged qualifiers for the 2023 TotalEnergies U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) whose finals are due in Morocco.
The Kobs play Guinea in the first leg game on Saturday, October 22 at a neutral venue in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Africa’s football ruling body, CAF ordered Guinea to host the game at a neutral venue because of the prevailing political instability in the country.
The return leg match will be played on October 29 at the St Mary’s stadium, Kitende.
Accordingly, on Tuesday (October 11), the Kobs’ head coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic named a provisional squad comprising 29 players to start preparations for the games against Guinea.
The squad has goalkeepers Fahad Emuran- (Kibuli SS), Atugonza Tony (Buddo SS), Lukuya Kenneth-(Wakiso Giants); defenders Kizito Mugweri Garvin–(Itihad FC-Egypt), Begisa James Penz – (URA FC), Onek Hillary –(BUL FC) , Kayondo Abdu Aziizi-(Real Monarchs,USA), Ssemayange Simon- (Bright Stars), Semakula Kenneth –(SC Villa), Musa Ramadhan-(FC Cincinnati-USA), Jacob Okao-(Maroons FC), Torach Rogers (Vipers SC); midfielders Baligeya Simon- (URA FC), Byaruhanga Bobosi – (Elite Falcons FC (UAE), Sserwadda Steven – (New York Red Bull-USA) and Ssekaja Davies (Sc Villa)
The attackers include Abdalla Salim, (URA FC), Ssematimba Titus –(Wakiso Giants), Bogere Ivan- (SC Villa), Ssenoga Muhammed Kagawa (KCCA FC), Mugisha Rogers-(UPDF FC), Sebyala Shafik, (Express FC), Jarieko James – (Onduparaka FC), Oketch Emmanuel- (Onduparaka FC), Kamwesiga Jacob –(Arua Hills SC), Basangwa Richard -, (Wadi Degla, Egypt), Kakooza Derrick- (Valmiera FC-Latvia), Ssebuufu Frank-(Wakiso Giants FC) and Umar Kyebatala (Maroons FC).
In a related development, the U-20s, fondly called the Hippos, were also summoned to prepare for the upcoming AFCON U-20 Zonal Qualifiers due in Sudan from October 28 to November 22.
Thirty-three players were named on Tuesday, October 11 and they are expected to report for residential camp on October 13 at the Kisaasi-based Crane hotel.
The provisional 33-player squad has goalkeepers Abdu Magada-Gaddafi FC, Kamya Shamulan-Bright Stars FC , Nsumba Venacious- Wakiso Giants FC, Ssenyondwa Denis Kaala- URA FC; defenders
Opiru Justine- URA FC, Bugembe Issa- Bright Stars FC, Mpanga Sula- Maroons FC, Unegbu Shemen Orakwue- Houston Dynamo FC, USA, Ibrahim Juma- KCCA FC, Jimmy Ndalambi- Onduparaka FC, Samson Kasozi-UPDF FC, Ronald Madoi- Wakiso Giants FC, Mukisa Simon- UPDF FC, Nsambu Lloyd Tendo- FC Metz Academy; midfielders Mayanja Saidi-KCCA FC, Allan Kiggundu- BUL FC, Katongole Frank-St Mary’s Kitende, Mugulusi Isma- Makedonikos FC, Greece, Nyanzi Marvin- Wakiso Giants FC, Andrew Kawooya- KCCA FC, Wabyoona Faisal- KCCA FC, Thomas Kakaire- Mbarara City FC, Mutebi Hakim- St Mary’s Kitende, Umar Lutalo- SC Villa, Muhammad Nsereko- SC Villa, Kasinde Ibrahim- Bright Stars FC, Asaba Ivan- Vipers SC, Tuma Basil Tenywa- Reading FC, UK, Lukwago Haruna -KCCA FC; and attackers Kyeyune Abbas- UPDF FC, Emmanuel Mukisa- Kataka FC, Iddi Abdulwahid and Oscar Mawa, both not currently attached to any club.