Borussia Dortmund II player Herbert Bockhorn was a conspicuous name as Cranes Coach Sebastien Desabre named a 46 provisional man squad to kick start preparations for Uganda’s AFCON qualifier away to Tanzania.
Right back Bockhorn, 24, a German of Ugandan decent, is part of the 15 foreign based players while 31 are locally based.
Nine players selected after a Regional tour match in Kampala will join a camp in Cairo together with foreign contingent.
Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and Godfrey Walusimbi, who are currently unattached to any club have been included among the local based players.
Cranes will play visit to Tanzania Taifa Stars on 24th March in both side’s Group L game.The former has already qualified for this year’s biennial tournament with game to spare.
“We are setting the ball rolling as we want to finish on a high in the group with good results against Tanzania I have summoned a new player on the team playing in Germany while some have been recalled to the squad. We are hopeful they will do a good job”
Desabre said as quoted by FUFA Website.
“I have been impressed with the quality of players in the domestic league. During the local camp I will choose nine players to complete the group for match against Taifa Stars”
The local camp will also be an opportunity for me to have early preparations of players for 2020 CHAN Qualifiers against South Sudan in July and August. Noted the Frenchman who guided Uganda Cranes back to AFCON for the 2nd successive time.
Uganda Premier League netbusters Juma Balinya, Bashir Mutanda and Daniel Mzzee Sserunkuma have made the cut while Hillary Mukudane and Paul Mucuereezi of Mbarara City have been notable exclusions.
The 15 foreign based players and 9 other stars from the local camp will join camp in Cairo, Egypt from 18th-22nd March 2019.
The 15 foreign based players Summoned for camp in Cairo,Egypt:
Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilah Omdruman, Sudan), Robert Odongkara ( Adama City FC, Ethiopia), Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), Denis Iguma ( Kazma, Kuwait), Nicolas Wadada Azam FC, Tanzania), Herbert Bockhorn Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Moses Opondo (VendsysselFF, Denmark), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia), Edris Lubega (SV Reid, Austria), Emma Okwi (MC Oujda, Morocco), Muhammad Shaban (Raja Casablanca, Morocco)
The 31 local based players:
Sebwato Nicholas (Onduparaka Fc), Saidi Keni (Sc Villa), James Alitho (URA FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Obenchan Filbert (KCCA FC), Wila Paul (Paul FC), Samson Mutyaba (Maroons FC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Majwega Brian (Maroons FC), Godfrey Walusimbi (Unattached), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul Baker (URA FC), Mujuzi Musitafa (Proline FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Rashid Toha ( Onduparaka FC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Eyam Ivan (Mbarara City FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Okello Allan (KCCA FC), Waisswa Moses (Vipers SC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Owori David (Sc Villa), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Micheal Birungi (Express FC), Poloto Julius (KCCA C), Balinya Juma (Police FC), Serunkuma Daniel (Vipers SC), Kaddu Henry (KCCA FC), Madondo Joel (K-Jinja SS), Bashir Mutanda (Sc Villa).
11th -15th March 2019 training at Lugogo (Local based players)
13th March- FUFA Press Conference at 12.30pm- Uganda Cranes coach addresses media at Lugogo
17th March 2019-Uganda Cranes Squad flies to Cairo for residential camp
18th-22nd March 2019- (24 man Uganda Cranes Squad camp in Cairo, Egypt) 23rd March 2019- (24 man Uganda Cranes Squad flies to Tanzania)
24th March 2019 Tanzania vs Uganda (AFCON Qualifier in Dar es Salaam)