Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry has announced the 34-man provisional squad to start preparations for the CHAN tourney that will be held in Cameroon slated for April 4-25, 2020.
The announcement was made during the press conference held at FUFA House, Mengo.
Busoga United’s David Bagoole misses out while Saidi Kyeyune has made the list after tremendous performance in the league.
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KCCA FC Goalkeeper Charles Lukwago has been included despite injury concerns. Gift Ali has been ignored but Julius Poloto made the list.
Allan Kayiwa, Ben Ocen and Nicholas Kasozi are some of the other players that have been ignored.
Uganda will face defending champions Morocco, Togo and neighbours Rwanda in group C.
The Cranes qualified for CHAN after ejecting Somalia and Burundi at the preliminary stage.
CHAN is a competition exclusively for players in the country’s local leagues.
Uganda will be hoping for an improved performance after failing to come out of the groups in all its last four editions.
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The 2020 CHAN Draw
*Group A – Cameroon, Mali, Brukina Faso, Zimbabwe
*Group B – Libya, DR Congo, Congo, Niger
*Group C – Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda, Togo
*Group D – Zambia, Guinea, Namibia, Tanzania
Uganda Cranes Provisional CHAN Squad
Goalkeepers – Charles Lukwago (KCCA), Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume), Alionzi Nafian (URA), Saidi Keni (Villa), Edwin Kiwanuka Buule (Bright Stars)
Defenders – Mustafa Kizza (KCCA), Derrick Ndahiro (Villa), Paul Willa (Vipers), Herbert Achai (KCCA), Paul Willa (Vipers), Ashraf Mandela (URA), Geoffrey Wasswa (Vipers), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers), Mbowa Patrick (URA), John Revita (KCCA), Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline)
Midfielders – Shafic Kagimu (URA), Saidi Kyeyune (URA), Bright Anukani (Proline), Paul Mucureezi (Vipers), Mike Mutyaba (KCCA), Karim Watambala (Vipers), Hassan Ssenyonjo (Wakiso Giants), David Owori (SC Villa), Ibrahim Orit (Mbarara), Julius Poloto (KCCA)
Forwards – Samson Kigozi (Police), Viane Ssekajugo (Wakiso Giants), Milton Karisa (Vipers), Joachim Ojera (URA), Fahad Bayo (Vipers), Steven Mukwala (Maroons), Cromwell Rwothomio (URA), Brian Aheebwa (Mbarara).