Uganda Cranes head coach Jonathan Mckinstry summoned a 34-UPL-Player squad that will start training in preparation for the forthcoming 2020 CHAN in Cameroon.
Injured goalkeeper Charles Lukwago, returning Milton Karisa and Herbert Achai were some of the surprise inclusion.
The development left ‘social media coaches’ fuming after their so called ‘obvious choices’ like Gift Ali and David Bagoole were left out.
Leaders Vipers had eight players on the team while KCCA and URA FC had seven players each of the 34.
Express FC, Busoga United, BUL, Onduparaka FC among others were given no slot.
The National team should not be picked from all the league clubs, its not a must. It’s not written anywhere. But, who else deserved a chance?
The fans forwarding names of players left out is a big manifest and indicator that people are watching and closely following the local league. It also shows the big pool and quality of players at hand.
The system used here is a 4-3-3, despite not commonly used in the league.
Yusuf Wasswa (Onduparaka FC) – The shot stopper has had a tremendous season, especially in the first half and a place to the national team was supposed to be a perfect reward.
Geriga Atendele (Wakiso Giants) – An explosive right back. Very good going forward and an accurate crosser of the ball. Industrious is his middle name.
Dissan Galiwango (Express) – Spent the best of the season playing in advanced position but he looks more comfortable at fullback. He is a leader and has been in the Cranes set up recently.
Walter Ochora (BUL FC) – A tremendous first round, but his off form has seen his club fail to close out opponents. His ability is never in doubt.
Hillary Mukundane (Mbarara City) – Mr dependable. A mature centre back. An aerial prowess and a good game reader. He has organised a back-line that has Jasper Aheebwa, Stephen Otieno and Bamba Souleymane into a Berlin Wall.
Gift Ali (KCCA) – Not even someone with a PhD can explain to me why he didn’t make the squad, unless it’s something off the pitch. Gigi, as known by many, has been the beating heart of KCCA from onset.
David Bagoole (Busoga United) – Had a slow start to the season after his deal to URA FC fell through. He has been a phenomena especially after the departure of Boban Zirintusa. His style of people is unique, just like his hair style. A perfect creative midfielder with an eye for the goal as well.
Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers) – Very young by age but a big heart seated in a strong body. Bobosi has been Vipers’ unsung hero. A good passer of the ball, especially those long ones that have freed Fahad Bayo.
Pius Kagwa (Police FC) – I have to squeeze him here. Police FC is a joy to watch. And everything revolves around Kagwa. And by this, I don’t mean to take away much from the likes of Andrew Samson Kigozi. Very speedy on the ball and a fast thinker in the final third.
Allan Kayiwa (Vipers) – He has put up disjointed performances, but that has been almost everyone at Vipers because of the squad rotation at the club. A crowd pleaser, blame it to his rich bag of tricks, but he has managed to deliver on most occasions.
Frank Kalanda (Express FC) – No player on this list has caught the league by storm like Machete. He has proved everyone one wrong. He falls perfectly into the old adage goes of an Old broom. He keeps improving each passing day, scoring goals for a team that barely creates chances.
The Substitutes – Rogers Omedwa (Busoga United), Godfrey Akol (BUL FC), Filbert Obenchan (KCCA), Emmanuel Wasswa (Villa), Frank Ssenyondo (Express), Ambrose Kirya (Villa), Ben Ocen (Police)