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CHAN: McKinstry Drops Four, Names Lwaliwa Captain

Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry has on Thursday, January 07 named his final squad for the upcoming CHAN tournament.

Uganda is one of the 26 nations that will take part in the finals that start on Saturday, January 16 in Cameroon.

After two games at the CHAN pre-tournament, McKinstry and his technical team have decided to drop Wakiso Giants’ Hassan Ssenyonjo, Joseph Ssemuju of BUL FC plus URA FC duo of striker Steven Mukwala and defender Ashraf Mandela.

The drop players were named a few hours after this website learnt that four KCCA FC players would be added to the team that is currently in Cameroon.

The four that have joined camp include Charles Lukwago, Denis Iguma, Bright Anukani and Brian Aheebwa.

The North Irishman has also announced that Vipers SC skipper Halid Lwaliwa will captain the side during the tournament.

Uganda will be attempting to reach the latter stages of the competition for the first time in history after bowing out at the group stage on all previous four occasions.

At the finals, they are in Group C alongside defending Champions Morocco, Togo and neighbours Rwanda.

Their opening game will be against Rwanda on January 18 before taking on Togo, four days later. The Cranes will end the group stage against Morocco on January 26.

The Cranes who are currently in Yaounde, will play Niger on Thursday 7th January2021 in the final game of the Pre-CHAN Mini Tournament before travelling to Douala on Friday 8th January 2021, where they will hold another training camp for one week ahead of the group stage matches.


The final 25 man Squad with clubs and shirt numbers in brackets.


Goalkeepers
Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC, 1), Mutakubwa Joel (Kyetume FC, 18), Alionzi Legason Nafian (URA FC, 19), Ikara Thomas (Police C, 20)
Defenders
Hassan Muhamud (Police FC, 2), Kayondo Abdu Aziizi (Vipers SC, 3), Mujuzi Musitafa (Kyetume FC, 4), Ssenjobe Eric (Police FC, 5), Iguma Denis (KCCA FC, 12), Willa Paul (Vipers SC, 15), Lwaliwa Halid (Vipers SC, 21), Mbowa Paul Patrick (URA FC, 24)
Midfielders
Mawejje Tonny (Police FC, 6), Kagimu Shafik pKuchi (URA FC, 8), Anukani Bright (KCCA FC, 14), Kyeyune Saidi (URA FC, 16), Byaruhanga Bobosi (Vipers SC, 22), Watambala Abdu Karim (Vipers SC, 25)
Forwards
Ojera Joackiam (URA FC, 7), Brian Aheebwa (KCCA FC, 9), Ocen Ben (Police FC, 10), Ssekajugo (Wakiso Giants FC, 11), Orit Ibrahim (Vipers SC, 13), Jagason Muhammad Shaban (Vipers SC, 17), Karisa Milton (Vipers SC, 23)


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