The Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry has named 26 players who have made the the cut into the squad slated for a ten day training camp in Dubai.
The players and 14 officials depart for Dubai this evening (Sunday) aboard Emirates Air at 5 PM, a communique from Fufa has said.
However, the coach will have to do without some of his stars mainly due to Covid-19 travel restrictions in their countries of trade and some through injury.
The most notably recognized faces missing on the list, are Emmanuel Okwi, Mike Azira, Timothy Awany and Ronald Mukiibi who were all part of the Cranes team that took part in the 2019 Afcon finals in Egypt.
Others are Abdul Lumala and Khalid Aucho who play their club football in the Egyptian Premier League.
Meanwhile, Allan Kateregga, Derrick Nsibambi, Alex Kakuba and Edrisa Lubega are some of the players have made a return to the squad after a period of time.
McKinstry hopes the camp will help him create a bond between the StarTimes Premier League lads and the foreign based players. “The camp presents a great opportunity for a large quota of the foreign based players alongside the best players in the Uganda premier league to prepare for upcoming AFCON and CHAN engagements,” McKinstry disclosed to www.fufa.co.ug.
It’s reported that the COVID-19 results for the local legion of players and officials turned negative for all, a card making them available to travel with their health certificates.
The coach and his technical team hope to use the camp as part of the preparations for the 2021( postponed to 2022) AFCON Qualifiers and the 2020 (also to be held in 2021 due to Covid-19) CHAN Finals. All the finals will be held in Cameroon.
The Uganda Cranes take on South Sudan in November in an Afcon double header qualification battle.
Uganda is on top of group B with 4 points from two matches. Burkina Faso follows in second with the same number of points, Malawi with 3 points lies in third while the Bright Stars of South Sudan toil at the bottom with zero points.
Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Salim Jamal Magoola (Al Hilal Omdurman, Sudan), Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume, Uganda), Charles Lukwago (KCCA, Uganda),
Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Alex Kakuba (Desportivo Cova De Piedade, Portugal), Elvis Bwomono (Southend, United, England), Nicholas Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell, Scotland), Samuel Kato (KCCA, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Patrick Mbowa (URA, Uganda)
Shafiq Kagimu (URA, Uganda), Karim Watambala (Vipers, Uganda), Saidi Kyeyune (URA, Uganda), Allan Kateregga (Erbil, Iraq), Farouk Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers, Uganda), Jayden Onen (Reading, England), David Owori (SC Villa, Uganda), Bright Anukani (KCCA, Uganda)
Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha), Milton Karisa (Vipers, Uganda), Alexis Bbakka (Umea, Sweden), Edrisa Lubega (Paide Linnameeskond, Estonia)
Leader of Delegation: Ronnie Kalema (FUFA Executive Committee member)
Johnathan McKinstry (Head coach), Abdallah Mubiru (Assistant Coach), Livingston Mbaabzi (Assistant Coach), Ibrahim Mugisha (Goalkeeping Coach), Alexander McCarthy (Fitness Trainer), Felix Ayobo (Sport Scientist), Emmanuel Nakabago (Doctor), Regan Innocent Baluku (Doctor), Samuel Mulondo (Kitman), Ayub Balyejusa (Kit man), Geoffrey Massa (Team manager), Paul Mukatabala (Team officer), Ronald Lusulire (Media Officer)