Uganda coach names 23 players for friendlies

Uganda coach names 23 players for friendlies
Denis Onyango

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Mar 09, 2018. 19:30

Uganda coach Sebastien Desabre has called on the Cranes foreign players to push for a spot in the team as he continues to monitor them.

The French manager has announced his squad to prepare for the upcoming 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

In his squad, only four local players in Abraham Ndugwa, Nicholas Wadada, Milton Karisa and Timothy Awany made the cut.

The 41-year-old Frenchman said he had seen enough of most of the local based players in CHAN and during league matches, but it was time he tried out the foreign based players.

Desabre said the players must prove to him that they deserve to be in the team he is preparing for the clashes against Tanzania in September and Lesotho in October in the AFCON Qualifiers.

“I’m monitoring a group of 50 players but at the moment I need only 23. I have summoned four local based, 14 from Africa and the rest outside Africa,” he told the press at Mengo yesterday.

“I know the history of the players I have summoned. The past is past we are looking for a new era. I have told these players my objective and the fact that they must have discipline to be on the team.

“I was impressed by Isinde in the FUFA Drum tourney and the fact that he is training with Bul. I have talked with Aucho before he went to India.”

The Cranes will face the Flames of Malawi on March 27 at Namboole while the opponent for the March 24 game is yet to be announced.

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango, Robert Odongkara, Salim Jamal

Defenders: Nicholas Wadada, Denis Guma, Godfrey Walusimbi, Murushid Jjuuko, Bevis Mugabi, Isaac Isinde, Alex Kakuba, Timothy Awany

Midfielders: Joseph Ochaya, Hassan Wasswa, Godfrey Kizito, Kizito Luwagga, Farouk Miya, Abraham Ndugwa, Milton Karisa, Khalid Aucho

Strikers: Emma Okwi, Hood Kaweesa, Yunus Sentamu, Edrisa Lubega

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