Emmanuel Okwii named new Uganda Cranes captain ahead of friendly with South Africa

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By Alex Bossa

The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has today named a youthful squad of 34 players who will start preparations for the international friendly game against South Africa on June 10th 2021 in South Africa.

Both teams agreed on playing this game as a result of the cancellation of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers by CAF due to an increase in the number of Covid 19 patients in most of the African Countries.

The team that will camp at Cranes Paradise hotel from Sunday 30th May 2021 is set to start training on Monday 31st May 2021 at the Philip Omondi Stadium in Lugogo under the guidance of interim Coach Abdallah Mubiru.

Emmanuel Okwii replaces the now retired Denis Onyango as team Captain. It is yet to be determined who will replace Denis Onyango in goal as long term 2nd choice goalkeeper Salim Jamal was not called for national duty.

Among the notable absentees on the squad are Joseph Ochaya, Farouk Miya and Khalid Aucho. The latter being sent home during the national team’s last engagements.

Uganda last faced South Africa in a 1-1 draw in the COSAFA cup on 4th June 2019 with Geofrey Sserunkuma giving Uganda the lead before Luther Singh equalizing in the 72nd minute. South Africa went ahead to win on penalties.

Meanwhile, the South African Football Association (SAFA) announced that newly appointed head coach Hugo Broos will not be on the bench for the game. The Belgian who won the 2017 AFCON with Cameroun will be replaced by his assistant Cedomir Janevski on the bench.

Goal Keepers:

Isma Watenga, Charles Lukwago, Tamale Simon, Mathias Kigonya

Defenders:

Bwomono Elvis, Wafula Innocent, Willa Paul, Kiza Mustafa, Kayondo Azizi, Lwaliwa Halid, Juuko Murushid, Kizito Mugweri Gavin, Ssemakula Kenneth, Mbowa Patrick Paul, Walusimbi Enock, Muhamud Hassan.

Midfielders:

Lwanga Tadeo, Waiswa Moses, Byaruhanga Babosi, Sserubiri Ivan, Anukani Bright, Kagimu Shafiq, Mugulusi Isma, Lumala Abdu, Orit Ibrahim, Akandwanaho Joseph

Attackers:

Emmanuel Okwi, Bassangwa Richard, Kaddu Patrick, Kakooza Derrick, Sentamu Yunus, Kambale Erick, Okello Allan.

Head Coach: Abdallah Mubiru

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