Uganda cranes squad for CHAN 2020 Qualifiers
Uganda Cranes interim head coach, Abdallah Mubiru names final 18 - man squad for CHAN 2020 Qualifiers. File Photo

Uganda Cranes interim head coach Abdallah Mubiru has named a final 18- man squad to feature for Uganda in the 2020 African Nations Championships qualifiers.

KCCA’s forward Mike Mutyaba is the major highlight on Mubiru’s list after a long spell out of national team duties due to injury problems.

The KCCA FC forward is part of the seven players from the 13-time league champions who cut.

Goalkeeper Charles Lukwago, defenders John Revita and Mustafa Kizza, together with midfielders Nicholas Kasozi and Muzamir Mutyaba are also part of the team.

CHAN 2020 Qualifiers Fixtures

  • 1st Leg: 21st September 2019 – Bujumbura
  • 2nd Leg: 19th October 2019 – Kampala

Vipers’ and 2019/2020 Uganda Premier League-leading scorer Fahad Bayo also cuts together with Wakiso Giants’ Vianne Ssekajugo.

Police FC midfielder Yusuf Ssozi is also in the line of making his national team debut as he also makes the team after being overlooked for the preliminary round qualifier against Somalia.

Summary of the Cranes squad ahead of CHAN 2020 Qualifiers

Goalkeepers: Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Alitho James (URA FC)

Defenders: Willa Paul Vipers SC), Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline FC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Revita John KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul (URA FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC)
Midfielders: Mutyaba Muzamir (KCCA FC), Kagimu Shafiq (URA FC), Okello Allan (KCCA FC), Yusuf Ssozi (Police FC), Nicholas Kasozi (KCCA FC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Vianne Ssekajugo (Wakiso Giants)
Strikers: Sserunkuma Daniel (Vipers SC), Fahad Bayo (Vipers SC), Mike Mutyaba (KCCA FC)

The technical team:: Head Coach: Abdallah Mubiru
Assistant Coach: Charles Livingstone Mbabazi
Goalkeeping Coach: Sadiq Wassa
Team Coordinator: Geoffrey Massa
Equipment Manager: Frank Bumpenje
Doctor: Emmanuel Nakabago
Head of Delegation: Rogers Mulindwa Sserubombwe
Advance party head: Paul Mukatabala Nantulya
Delegates: Rosebell Rwamuyamba and John Odongo

History

CHAN is a tournament in which the national teams exclusively feature players who ply their trade in the domestic league of their home country.

Excluding players based in Europe and other leagues abroad, even players who play in other African leagues are not eligible to represent their home country in the championship.

In 2007, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) officially announced the introduction of CHAN, to be held every two years. Having commenced in 2009, the 5 edition will take place in 2018.

By John Dalton Kigozi