Uganda Cranes defensive Midfielder Khalid Aucho has expressed his gratitude on being back to the national team as the team prepares for World Cup Qualifiers.

The former Simba FC player who recently joined Young Africans was dismissed from Uganda Cranes Camp for failure to adhere to the National team Code of Conduct in March this year.

Aucho, then, is understood to have used different means of Transport as opposed to those that had been organised for him to board, from Entebbe Airport to the team camp prior to the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.

Aucho alongside Goalkeeper Ismail Watenga, Moses Waiswa, Tadeo Lwanga and Joseph Ochaya recently joined the 20-man squad that earlier camped in Ethiopia.

Speaking after the training in Ethiopia, Aucho stated: “The camp is in good spirit, the players are in a good mood everyone is happy and enjoying. I am happy to come back as well.”

“We are glad that everyone is enjoying the coach’s training so the mood is high. We are ready for World Cup Qualifiers and we are ready to get the points for our nation.”

“To the fans, thank you for supporting us and don’t give up, we are ready for you and thank you for always supporting us.”

Uganda Cranes coach Micho and the players

Uganda is preparing for an international friendly with Ethiopia on Sunday before facing Kenya and Mali in the World Cup Qualifiers early next month.

The Uganda Cranes Squad

Goalkeepers – Ismail Watenga (Chippa United), Joel Mutakubwa (Express FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC)

Defenders – Enock Walusimbi (Express FC), Innocent Wafula (Mbarara City FC), Azizi Kayondo (Vipers SC), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Murushid Juuko (Express FC) Garvin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa), Kenneth Ssemakula (SC Villa), Denis Iguma (KCCA FC)

Midfielders – Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC), Shafik Kuchi Kagimu (URA FC), Taddeo Lwanga (Simba SC), Moses Waiswa (Supersport United), Aucho Khalid (Young African), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers SC), Milton Karisa (Vipers SC), Abdu Lumala (Pyramids FC)
Forwards – Steven Dese Mukwala (URA FC), Richard Basangwa (Vipers), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Unattached), Yunus Ssentamu (Vipers SC), Martin Kizza (Express FC)


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