AFCON Qualifiers: Mubiru Names 31-man Squad for Burkina Faso, Malawi Duels

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Uganda Cranes interim head coach Abdallah Mubiru has named a 31-man provisional squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification games against Burkina Faso and Malawi.

The list of four goalkeepers, ten defenders, nine Midfielders and eight strikers has been revealed on Friday morning at FUFA House in Mengo.

Vipers Sports Club forward Yunus Sentamu and Azam Football Club goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya return to the Cranes fold following their impressive exploits at their respective clubs.

Kigonya last featured for Uganda Cranes during the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament in Rwanda while Sentamu last donned the Cranes jersey in 2018 during Uganda’s goalless draw with Tanzania at the Mandela National Stadium.

The squad also has two Uganda Hippos players taking part in the U20 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Mauritania. They include Midfielder Bobos Byaruhanga and defender Gavin Kizito Mugweri.

Uganda will play host to group B leaders Burkina Faso on the 24th of March at the St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende before visiting Malawi four days later.

Uganda is second in group B on seven points, one behind leaders Burkina Faso while Malawi (4pts) and South Sudan (3pts) are positioned third and fourth respectively.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Salim Jamal Magoola (Al Hilal Omdurman, Sudan), Mathias Kigonya (Azam FC, Tanzania), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC, Uganda)

Defenders:

Nico Wakiro Wadada(Azam FC, Tanzania), Elvis Bwomono (South End, England), Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell, Scotland), Murushid Juuko (Express FC, Uganda), Musitafa Kiiza(DC Montreal, USA), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Dennis Awany (FC Ashdod, Israel), Ronald Mukiibi(Ostersunds, Sweden), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC, Uganda), Garvin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa, Uganda)

Midfielders:

Khalid Aucho (Misr Lel Makkasa, Egypt), Mike Azira (New Mexixo United-, USA), William Kizito Luwagga (Hapoel Kfar Saba- Israel), Allan Okello (AC Paradou, Algeria), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Moses Waiswa (SuperSport United, South Africa), Taddeo Lwanga (Simba SC, Tanzania), Abdu Lumala (Pyramids FC, Egypt), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC, Uganda)

Forwards:

Uche Ikpeazu Mubiru (Wycombe Wanders, England), Fahad Bayo (FC Ashdod, Israel), Daniel Isiagi(Jomo Cosmos, South Africa), Faruku Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey) Yunus Ssentamu (Vipers SC), Emmanuel Okwi (Al Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt), Patrick Kaddu (Youssoufia Berrechid-Tunisia

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