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Tadeo Lwanga on his way to North Africa

Tadeo is currently a free agent. (PHOTOS/File)

KAMPALA – Tadeo Lwanga has been one of the most consistent performers in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League in the last few years.

For three seasons now, he has been arguably the best midfielder in the League and his performances have not gone unnoticed.

Tadeo is now a regular in the Uganda Cranes set-up and is higly tipped for a starting role in the near future.

At the just conluded Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Tadeo featured in two of Uganda’s four matches, coming off the bench in each. The only games that the hard tackling midfielder did not feature in were the 1-1 draw with Zimbabwe and the round of 16 loss to Senegal.

Despite not starting in any of the games, him playing in two (games) is very much viewed as progress for a player who has worked his way into the team.

With the AFCON now a gone case, Tadeo is currently in talks with two North African club sides.

One is believed to be a giant of Algerian football and the other an Egyptian top flight side.

“Tadeo is likely to move to either Algeria or Egypt. He is currently in negotiations with two teams and he is weighing his options at the moment, narrated a source.

The sources also indicates that a deal will be struck with one of the two unnamed sides later this week, explaining Tadeo’s absence from the Cranes training on Monday.

Tadeo along with KCCA FC defender Timothy Awany did not take part in training as the Cranes resumed preparations for the upcoming CHAN 2020 return leg qualifier against Somalia.

Tadeo’s journey has been steady as he featured for then-troubled Express FC in the 2014/15 season before moving to SC Villa.

At Villa, he played two seasons, captaining the Jogoos to a third place finish in the 2016/17 season, his last at Villa Park.

Tadeo captained Villa in his second season.

He then transfered to Vipers SC with whom he won the 2017/18 league title and also reached the final of the Uganda Cup where the Venoms lost 1-0 to KCCA FC.

He was handed the captain’s armband the following season, leading the Venoms to a second placed finish.

After his contract with Vipers SC expired at the back end of last season (2018/19), Tadeo opted not to renew it with a view of securing a move outside the country, a move that looks ever increasingly likely to materialize.

Tadeo has played 11 full international games for Uganda and he is yet to find the back of the net.

However, he scored one of the Cranes goals last Saturday as they defeated Somalia 3-1 in the first leg of the CHAN 2020 qualifiers.

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