By: Denis Kayongo
The Uganda Cranes are in preparations to play their neighbors South Sudan in the AFCON Qualifiers 2022 which will be a double header in November.
Uganda vs South Sudan – November 12, St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende
South Sudan vs Uganda – November 16, Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi
The Cranes are favourites to win against South Sudan in both legs but playing against South Sudan, they face a side that has players who have grown up within the Ugandan football system and have experience playing in Uganda.
Defender Rashid Toha and forwards Ivan Wani and Tito Okello decided to play for South Sudan
The Uganda Cranes are at the top of group B with 4 points, Burkina Faso coming second with also 4 points, Malawi come third with 3 points and then South Sudan come at the bottom of the table without a point in two games each team has played
The Uganda Cranes Squad
The 22-man local-based Players Squad
Goalkeepers: Alionzi Nafian (URA FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume FC)
Defenders: Derrick Ndahiro (SC Villa), Disan Galiwango (Vipers SC), Paul Willa (Vipers SC), Ashraf Mandela (URA), Denis Iguma (KCCA FC), Samuel Kato (KCCA FC), Murushid Juuko (Express FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Patrick Mbowa (URA FC)
Midfielders: Tony Mawejje (Police FC), Saidi Kyeyune (URA FC), Shafiq Kagimu (URA FC), Karim Watambala (Vipers SC), David Owori (SC Villa), Bright Anukani (KCCA FC)
Forwards: Ibrahim Oriti (Vipers Sc), Milton Karisa (Vipers SC), Steven Mukwala (URA FC), Brian Aheebwa (KCCA FC).
The 20-man foreign-based squad
Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns), Salim Jamal Magoola (Al Hilal Omdurman),
Defenders: Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe), Alex Kakuba (Cova de Piedade), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC), Elvis Bwomono (Southend United), Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds FK), Timothy Awany (Ashdod FC),
Midfielders: Micheal Azira (Chicago Fire), Khalid Aucho (Misr Lel Makasa), Kizito Luwagga (Hapoel Kfar Saba), Farouk Miya (Konyaspor), Emmanuel Okwi (Ittihad Alexandria), Allan Kymabadde (El Gounah FC), Allan Okello (Paradou FC),
Forwards: Fahad Bayo (Ashdod FC), Edrisa Lubega (Paide Linnameeskond), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha FC), Mubiru Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers), Alexis Bbakka (Umea FC)