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CRANES: Micho calls Werder Bremen’s Lorenzen for AFCON

SV Werder Bremen striker Melvyn Lorenzen has been called to the Uganda national soccer team Cranes for their penultimate African Cup of Nations qualifying match June 4 away against Botswana. Lorenzen’s father is Ugandan while mother German.

Werder Bremen posted on twitter and their facebook page the news of the call up, saying “Melvyn Lorenzen has received his first call-up to the Uganda national team ahead of their CAF / Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers!”

Twenty-one year-old Lorenzen, who is eligible to play for Uganda as he is yet to feature for any other national team, was born in England but plays in Germany for giants SV Werder Bremen.

He has mainly come on as a substitute since joining in 2013, and has this year made 9 appearances. Werder Bremen finished 13th in the 18 team Germany Bundesliga.

Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, who announced the full squad today to prepare for the qualifiers, told The Independent that he was confident the Germany-based player will make it. He asked soccer governing body FUFA to get the necessary documentation for him and FIFA approvals.

“I am confident about this and I have spoken a lot with him already. His father is actually from Fort Portal but his mother is German,” said Micho.

Micho (right) was joined by FUFA press chief Ahmed as Cranes squad was named. PHOTO BY FUFA
Micho (right) was joined by FUFA press chief Ahmed as Cranes squad was named. PHOTO BY FUFA

The winger will join Geoffrey Massa and Belgium based Farouk Miya upfront as Uganda searches for a first visit to the Nations Cup finals since 1978.

Group D         P W  D  L F A   Pts
B. Faso             4   2   1    1 3   1  7
Uganda            4   2  1     1 3   1   7
Botswana        4   2   0    2 3  4   6
Comoros          4   1  0     3 2  5   3

Full Uganda Cranes Squad called:

Goalkeepers: Dennis Onyanyo (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Robert Ondongkara (St George, Ethiopia), Salim Jamal Magola (El Merriekh, Sudan)

Defenders: Denis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA, Uganda), Isaac Isinde (St George, Ethiopia), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Al Shorta, Iraq),

Midfielders: Mike Azira (Colorado Rapids), Moses Oloya (Becamex Binh Duong, Vietnam), Aucho Khalid (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Tonny Mawejje (Thottur, Iceland), William Kizito Luwagga (Feirense, Portugal), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya)

Strikers: Geofrey Massa (Bloemfontein Celtics, South Africa), Emmanuel Okwi (Sondyerske, Denmark), Lorenzen Melvyn (Werder Bremen, Germany), Farouk Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium), Davis Kasirye (Rayon Sports, Rwanda), Edrisa Lubega (Proline, Uganda), Erisa Ssekisambu (Vipers, Uganda)

VIDEO: When “Uganda’s” #Lorenzen scored in Werder Bremen  3-0 charity match win against RB Leipzig  in October 2015.







Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is at an ongoing press conference to announce his squad for the penultimate 2017 AFCON qualifier against Botswana.

The Serbian coach will also release details of the team’s preparations for the June 4 fixture .

‘A meeting was held this morning at FUFA House in regard to the technical part of the Uganda Cranes preparations. The Head coach will unveil the necessary details during the press conference for public consumption’ said Ahmed Hussein FUFA Communications Manager.



Updates via twitter

Team profile photo of Lorenzen. PHOTO BY WERDER BREMEN






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