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Uganda Cranes to play three build up matches ahead of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Newly appointed Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin Sredojević Micho has today summoned a preliminary squad of 30 players for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The squad summoned saw several players make a return to the national team after spending time without receiving a call. The players include; Muzamiru Mutyaba, Nicolas Kasozi, Denis Iguma, Milton Karisa and Martin Kizza.

According to FUFA Communications director Ahmed Hussien, the local based players summoned will first undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test before entering residential camp at Cranes Paradise Hotel on Saturday 14th August, 2021.

The team is expected to start training in Kampala before traveling to camp in Jordan where they will play two international friendly matches against Syria and later travel to face Ethiopia on August 29th.

Uganda is in Group E of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers alongside Kenya, Rwanda and Mali. Uganda’s first game will be against Kenya on September 2nd in Nairobi. Four days later, Uganda will host Mali at the St. Mary’s stadium Kitende.

Preliminary squad

Goalkeepers: Joel Mutakubwa (Express FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Simon Tamale (Soltilo Bright Stars FC), Nafian Alionzi (URA FC)

Defenders: Enock Walusimbi (Express FC), Innocent Wafula (Mbarara City FC), Paul Willa (Vipers SC), Eric Ssenjobe (Police FC), Aziizi Kayondo (Vipers SC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Murushid Juuko (Express FC), Garvin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa), Kenneth Ssemakula (SC Villa), Hassan Muhamood (Police FC), Denis Iguma (KCCA FC)

Midfielders: Nicholas Kasozi (Kyetume FC), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC), Muzamiru Mutyaba (Express FC), Shafik Kuchi Kagimu (URA FC), Ali Abubaker Gift (KCCA FC), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers SC), Milton Karisa (Vipers SC), Abdu Lumala (Pyramids FC)

Forwards: Richard Basangwa (Vipers SC), Steven Dese Mukwala (URA FC), Patrick Henry Kaddu (RS Berkene), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Unattached), Yunus Ssentamu (Vipers SC), Jude Ssemugabi (Mbarara City FC), Martin Kizza (Express FC),

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