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Express Players Buoyant After Uganda Cranes Call Up

Express FC players on the national team have applauded their club for it’s role towards their call up to the Uganda Cranes.

The total number of Express FC players in the Uganda Cranes camp is six – goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa, Murushid Jjuuko, Martin Kizza, Enock Walusimbi, Muzamiru Mutyaba and late addition Arthur Kiggundu.

The sextet who were outstanding as the Red Eagles won the Uganda Premier League and CECAFA Kagame Cup, are part of Micho’s squad preparing for World Cup Qualifiers.

Enock Walusimbi with the CECAFA Kagame Cup trophy. Express FC photo

During a brief interview with Walusimbi at the Kabira Country Club, former Bright Stars Defender Walusimbi praised the head coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic and highlighted how much of an honour and privilege it was for him to work under the serb.

“It’s a great opportunity for me and my other five teammates to join the camp. We are in the midst of a good coach and good players as well so I expect a lot more learning for myself and colleagues. Our target is preparing for both Kenya and Malawi,” he stated.

When granted his own opportunity to speak, Martin Kizza who also doubles as the CECAFA Kagame Cup finals hero thanks to his goal against Malawian side Nyasa Big Bullets to grant his side the title echoed a lot of what his skipper had said.

“I would first of all like to thank the technical team for the trust shown to me and my teammates. We took part in Wednesday’s training session and it went well. I think the boys are motivated enough to deliver.” Kizza assured.

Martin Kizza. Express photo

He was unable to shrug off questions regarding his development as a player since his departure from SC villa but highlighted that the Red Eagles have given him a rare opportunity to thrive, something he never takes for granted.

Murushid Jjuuko, who got to join the camp on Thursday morning (a day after his counterparts) had a lot to say about his readiness both mentally and physically for the upcoming challenge.

Murushid Juuko

“I have only taken part in one training session with the club but I already feel comfortable with the level of commitment in the team. I call upon all the stakeholders in the game to ride with us along this journey as we search to make history.” He stated.

Express FC striker Eric Kambale missed out on the national team call-up due to documentation per reports while Winger Godfrey Lwesibawa got sick after the group stages.

Uganda Cranes will depart for Jordan this week on Friday were they will play two friendly games against Syria National Team before they jet to Addis Ababa for the final build up match against Ethiopia.

After the Friday matches, the Cranes will turn their attention to World Cup Qualifiers games against East African neighbours Kenya and eventually Mali at the St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende.

Joel Mutakubwa (left) with fellow Uganda Cranes goalkeepers. FUFA photo

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