Tuesday Jul 04, 2017. 15:30
Uganda national team coach Milutin Sredojevic says he wants senior players to help the youngsters during the Cranes Western regional tour.
Sredojevic is hoping that the senior players will also help aid the team’s push for the 2018 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Championships.
The Cranes are set to face South Sudan in the first leg of the Chan Qualifiers on Saturday, July 15 away and the return will be staged in Lugogo on July 22.
Although he did not invite Kampala Capital City Authority players for the tour due to the club’s ongoing CAF Confederation Cup campaign, 'Micho' called up 25 players ahead of the upcoming Western region tour this weekend.
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The 25-man squad includes foreign-based quartet of Cranes’ vice-captain Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Aucho Khalid, Dennis Iguma and Murushid Jjuuko.
“These senior players are purposeful to give confidence to the young players,” Micho said to the Daily Monitor.
“They are in off season and such training helps them as well before returning to their respective clubs.
“This is a great start to cement our preparations first when we play on the regional tour, CHAN 2018 Qualifiers as a bridge for 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.”
Goalkeepers: Isma Watenga (Vipers), Saidi Keni (Proline), Tom Ikara (Kirinya/Jinja S.S)
Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Vipers), Deus Bukenya (Vipers), John Adiriko (SC Villa), Martin Kizza (SC Villa), Savio Kabugo (Proline), Bernard Muwanga (SC Villa), Rashid Toha (Onduparaka)
Midfielders: Nicholas Kasozi (Synergy), Shafiq Kagimu (URA), Simon Sserunkuma (SC Villa)
Forwards: Milton Karisa (Vipers), Erisa Ssekisambu (Vipers), Nelson Senkatuka (Proline), Vitalis Tabu (SC Villa), Method Bassey (Mbarara), Shaban Mohamed (Onduparaka), Julius Malingumu (The Saints), Solomon Okwalinga (Synergy)