Kampala, (UG): Newly appointed Uganda Cranes Head Coach Paul Joseph Put has announced a provisional squad of 36 players in preparation for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
The squad, which includes returned notable players such as Yunus Sentamu and Kizito Luwagga, is set to take on Guinea and Somalia in matches scheduled for November 17th and 21st respectively.
Both games will be played in Morocco, with Uganda as the visiting team.
Among the new players included in the provisional squad are Fred Amaku of Maroons FC, Rogers Torach of Vipers, Allan Oyirwoth of Amus College, Joackim Ojera of Rayon Sports, and Benjamin Nyakoojo of Kitara FC. The final team will travel to Berkene, Morocco on 12th November.
Uganda is placed in Group G alongside Algeria, Somalia, Guinea, Botswana, and Mozambique.
Although Put’s immediate focus will be on the World Cup qualifiers, he has expressed his long-term goal of leading the team to the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations, which will be hosted in East Africa for the first time.
As Uganda Cranes strive towards qualification for the prestigious World Cup, football fans across the country eagerly await the performance and strategies of the new head coach and his squad.
Uganda Cranes Provisional Squad
Goalkeepers: Nafian Legason Alionzi (Mekelakeya SC, Ethiopia), Salim Omar Magoola (Richards Bay FC, South Africa), Isima Bin Rashid Abdul Watenga (Golden Arrows FC, South Africa), Joel Mutakubwa (BUL FC, Uganda), Jack Komakech (Vipers SC, Uganda)
Defenders: Kenneth Semakula (SC Villa, Uganda), Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa, Uganda), Elvis Bwomono Okello (IBV Vestamanyaer, Iceland), Abdu Aziizi Kayondo CD Leganes, Spain), Ibrahim Juma (CD Leganes, Spain), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA FC, Uganda), Halidi Lwaliwa (FK Bregalnica, North Macedonia), Bevis Kristofer Mugabi (Motherwell FC, Scotland), Najib Fesali (URA FC, Uganda), Denis Timothy Awany (SC Ashdod, Israel), Benjamin Nyakoojo (Kitara FC, Uganda), Rogers Ochaki Torach (Vipers SC, Uganda)
Midfielders: Bobosi Byaruhanga (Austin FC, USA), Khalid Aucho (Yanga SC, Tanzania), Hudu Mulikyi (URA FC, Uganda), Allan Oyirwoth (AMUS College, Uganda), Bright Anukani (Vipers SC, Uganda), Rogers Mugisha (Gor Mahia FC, Kenya), Isma Mugulusi (Unattached), Joseph Kizito Luwagga (Hapoel Kfar Saba, Israel), Umaru Lutalo (SC Villa, Uganda), Hamza Kawooya(Express FC, Uganda)
Forwards: Denis Omedi (Kitara FC, Uganda), Fred Amaku (Maroons FC, Uganda), Richard Basangwa (Wadi Degla SC, Egypt), Rogers Mato (Sanliurfaspor FC, Turkey), Milton Karisa (Vipers SC, Uganda), Yunus Sentamu (Vipers SC, Uganda), Jaockim Ojera (Rayon Sports FC, Rwanda), Fahad Aziz Bayo (MFK Vyskov, Czech Republic), Travis Mutyaba (FC Dynamo Tbilisi, Georgia)
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