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Birungi, Owori dropped as final COSAFA squad is named

Birungi (Left) is one of four players that have been dropped. (PHOTOS/FILE)

KAMPALA – Express FC forward Michael Birungi has been dropped from the team that will take part in the 2019 COSAFA Cup.

Birungi who has been training with the team since last week, has been axed along with 3 others on Tuesday, 21st May.

The others who will not be part of the team anymore are SC Villa’s David Owori, Mbarara City’s Ivan Eyam and U17 custodian Jack Komakech.

The team’s stand-in head coach Abdallah Mubiru has now decided to stay with only 20 players.

Among those who made the cut include Big League Most Valuable Player (MVP) Bright Anukani.

Anukani was integral as Proline made an instant return to the top flight.

The youthful Proline playmaker has had a breakthrough season, leading his side back to the top tier at the first time of asking.

Mubiru and his support staff led by Mbarara City’s tactician Livingstone Mbabazi, have also retained the six players who were dropped from the AFCON squad on Sunday.

Those six that were dropped by Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre include Charles Lukwago, Allan Okello, Dan Sserunkuma, Juma Balinya, James Alitho and Mustapha Mujjuzi.

Uganda was invited to take part in this year’s COSAFA competition that runs from May 20th to June 6th, as the guest Nation.

However, they will not feature in the Group stages but will rather start at the quarter final stage.

In the Last 8, the Cranes will take on Lesotho, one of the other five nations that will also not be part of the Groups.

The team will depart for Durban, South Africa on Thursday ahead of the tournament which kicks off on May 25.

The Final COSAFA Squad

Goalkeepers

Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC) and James Alitho (URA FC).

Defenders

Paul Willa (Police), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA), John Revita (Express), Isaac Isinde (Kirinya Jinja SS), Mustafa Mujjuzi (Proline), Paul Mbowa (URA) and Hassan Musana (KCCA).

Midfielders

Nicholas Kasozi (KCCA), Shafik Kagimu (URA), Muzamir Mutyaba (KCCA), Allan Okello (KCCA), Allan Kayiwa (Tooro United), Juma Balinya (Police) and Paul Mucureezi (Mbarara City).

Strikers

Nelson Senkatuka (Bright Stars), Daniel Sserunkuma (Vipers), Bright Anukani (Proline FC) and Bashir Mutanda (SC Villa).

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