2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Okwi dropped as Micho names final squad for Rwanda’s double-header

Cranes Coaches Micho and Basena in training (Photo: FUFA Media)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers (Group E)
7th October 2021: Rwanda Amavubi Stars Vs Uganda Cranes – Kigali | 10th October 2021: Uganda Cranes Vs Rwanda Amavubi Stars – St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic has named a pool of 32 players to face Rwanda Amavubi Stars in the upcoming double-header tie in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers.

There are a few surprises as a couple of new faces including Julius Poloto, Wafula Innocent, Najib Fesali, Livingstone Mulondo, Geofrey Wasswa, Kakooza Mahad, Mato Rogers, Kizza Martin, Lwanga Charles, Sadat Anaku, Rwothomio Cromwell, and Stephen Mukwala all made the final squad of 23 home-based players who ply their trade in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

Remarkably, Cranes captain Emmanuel Okwi, Murushid Jjuuko, Farouk Miya, Ronald Mukiibi, Kizito Luwagga, Derrick Nsibambi have all been dropped, making the list of big names who missed out on Micho’s final list of the squad set to travel to Kigali this week.

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Okwi and Miya are out as the duo is attached to no club yet, while Jjuuko is suspended after getting a red card against Mali. Mukiibi is injured and Nsibambi has just gotten signed to a new club in Ethiopia and therefore lacks match fitness.

Uganda Cranes 32-man squad for Rwanda’s doubleheader tie

The list of 32 man squad includes the following players

Goalkeepers: Joel Mutakubwa (Express FC), Alionzi Nafian (URA FC), Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC), and Isma Watenga (Chippa United).

Defenders: Willa Paul (Vipers SC), Wafula Innocent (KCCA FC), Kayondo Abdu Aziizi (Vipers SC), Isaac Muleme (Victoria Zizkov), Mustafa Kizza (Montreal Impact), Walusimbi Enock (Express FC), Timothy Awany (Ashdod), Iguma Denis (KCCA FC), Najib Fesali (URAFC), Mulondo Livingstone (Vipers SC), Waswa Geofrey (KCCA FC).

Midfielders; Byaruhanga Bobosi (Vipers SC), Kakooza Mahad (Express FC), Khalid Aucho (Young Africans), Lwanga Tadeo (Simba SC), Waiswa Moses (Supersport United), Kagimu Shafik(URA FC), Karisa Milton (Vipers SC), Mato Rogers (KCCA FC), Poloto Julius (KCCA FC), Orit Ibrahim (Vipers SC), Kizza Martin (Express FC)

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Strikers: Sentamu Yunus (Vipers SC), Mukwala Stephen (URA FC), Rwothomio Cromwell (URA FC), Anaku Sadat (KCCA FC), Bayo Fahad (Ashdod), Lwanga Charles (KCCA).

Uganda Cranes has two points from the first two games in group E, earned against Kenya (away) and Mali (home).

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