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Desabre summons Shaban, Kateregga for Cranes duty

FUFA Media officer, Ahmed Hussein (left) and Cranes head coach Sebastian Desabre (right) during the press conference on Wednesday (photos by Racheal Tebandeke)

Uganda Cranes coach Sebastian Desabre has summoned a team of 23 players that he will work with in the upcoming international friendly window from 27th May- 3rd June. This was during a press conference at the house of football  in Mengo on Wednesday morning. It was also confirmed that Uganda will be taking part in a three nations’ invitational tournament in West Africa.

“The main objective of the training camp is to have the players get together before the four Afcon matches between September and November, Desabre said.

Cranes head coach Sebastian Desabre speaking to the media on Wednesday morning

Amongest the players summoned, the most surprising is Moses Opondo who plays for Denish first division club, Vendsyssel FF. The 20 year old midfielder is not known  to many Ugandans and they will clearly wait to be impressed by him.

Desabre has stuck with the trip of goalkeepers that he used during the last friendly window who include team captain Denis Onyango, Al Merrikh’s Salim Jamal and KCCA custodian Charles Lukwago. In defence, former KCCA FC left back Isaac Muleme has replaced Alex Kakuba who did not impress last time out.

Cape Town City midfielder Allan Kateregga has also been included to the fold along with KCCA FC striker Shaban Muhammad. Shaban has only last year been captain of the u-20 team and his absence in Matia Lule’s Hippos side has been clearly explained with the call up to the senior squad.

The Team summoned:

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundons), Charles Lukwago (KCCA) and Salim Jamal Magola (Al Merreikh). Defenders: Denis Iguma (Al Nabi Shayth), Nicholas Wadada (Vipers), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba SC), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town), TimothyAwanyi  (KCCA), Isaac Muleme (Assiouty) and Godffrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia).

Midfielders: Joseph Ochaya (Lusaka Dynamos), Hassan Wasswa (El Geish), Khalid Aucho (East Bengal), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers, Milton Karisa (Vipers), Allan Kateregga (Cape Town City), Farooq Miya (Standard Liege), Moses Opondo (Vendsyssel).

Forward: Yunus Ssentamu (Tirana), Emmanuel Okwi (Simba), Edrisa Lubega (Floridsdorfer AC), Shaban Muhammad (KCCA).

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