Inside Coach Paul Put’s 28-man squad for Cranes 2026 World Cup qualifiers double

Uganda Cranes head coach Paul Put Thursday unveiled his 28-man squad for the national football team ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Uganda, pitted in Group G will face Botswana and Algeria, with both games played at the Mandela National Stadium, Nambole on June 7th and 10th respectively.

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It will be the first time the National Team returns to its home for the first time since 2019 when they secured a victory against Malawi.

The 28-man squad is made up of four goals, nine defenders, six midfielders and nine forwards.

DailyExpress understands that the Cranes squad is expected to enter the camp on Thursday, May 30 to kickstart preparations early enough ahead of the two home games.

Italian-based defender Elio Capradossi appears to be the only surprise call on the squad. The defender plays for Calcio Lecco FC in the Serie B of Italy and his arrival will add more quality to Uganda’s backline.

The defender is a graduate of AS Roma Youth Academy and he is a winner of the 2015-2016 Italian U19 Championship with AS Roma’s U19 team as the captain.

In the other interesting call-ups, youngster Joel Sserunjogi has also made it to the Uganda Cranes Squad. The holding midfielder had a great season with KCCA and will hope to carry his resurgence form to the national team.

Uganda currently occupies the fourth position in Group G with three points while Algeria currently leads the group, having won all their games thus far. Botswana, like Uganda, also has three points.

Full Uganda Cranes Squad

Goalkeepers: Isima Bid Rashid Watenga (Lamontville Golden Arrows FC, South Africa), Nafian Alionzi (Defence Forces FC, Ethiopia), Crispus Kusiima (Kitara FC, Uganda), Braddy Jeans Wokorach (SC Villa, Uganda)

Defenders: Elvis Bwomono (St. Mirren FC, Scotland), Kenneth Semakula (SC Villa, Uganda), Isaac Muleme (FK Victoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Abdu Aziizi Kayondo (MFK Vyskov, Czech Republic), Nicholas Mwere (BUL FC, Uganda), Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell FC, Scotland), Timothy Denis Awany (FC Ashdod, Israel), Capradossi Elio (Calcio Lecco FC, Italy), Halidi Lwaliwa (FK Bregainica Stip, North Macedonia)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Yanga SC, Tanzania), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Austin FC, USA), Ronald Ssekiganda (SC Villa, Uganda), Joel Sserunjogi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Ibrahim Kasule (New York Red Bull II, USA), Travis Mutyaba (Zamalek SC, Egypt)

Forwards: Steven Dese Mukwala (Asante Kotoko FC, Ghana), Uchechukwu Mubiru Ikpeazu (Port Vale, England), Denis Omedi (Kitara FC, Uganda), Muhammad Shaban (KCCA FC, Uganda), Fahad Aziz Bayo (MFK Vyskov, Czech Republic), Rogers Kassim Mato (Brera Strumica), Patrick Jonah Kakande (SC Villa, Uganda), Umar Lutalo (SC Villa, Uganda), Allan Okello (Vipers SC, Uganda)

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