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Uganda Cranes Cosafa team faces Western region test

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Uganda Cranes Regional Tours 

Saturday, 4pm

Western Region Select vs Uganda Cranes, Bushenyi

Entrance: Free

The Uganda Cranes team that is preparing for the 2019 COSAFA Championship in South Africa will face Western Region Select this Saturday at the Bushenyi main grounds. The team departed for Bushenyi on Friday morning ahead of the Regional Tour game organized by the national team sponsors Airtel and Nile Special. According to Cranes Cosafa team Coach Abdullah Mubiru, the game will help him assess the areas he must put more emphasis on before the team flies out to South Africa for the COSAFA tournament. Mubiru also expressed his pleasure in having Massa, who captained the team to its first AFCON qualification in 2017 after a period of 38 years, saying that his wealth of experience will go a long way in motivating and inspiring the predominantly young side. “Massa is one of the greatest players in Uganda’s history when you consider his achievements. His presence in the team is a very great factor that is going to immensely build these players’ confidence. I feel very pleased to be working with him,” noted Mubiru. Western Province head coach Charles Livingstone Mbabazi named a 28-man provisional squad with three goalkeepers, nine defenders, eight midfielders and eight strikers from which 20 final players were named. The team Western region select side started training on Wednesday at Kakyeka stadium, Mbarara. The COSAFA tournament will be played from 25th May-8th June 2019 in South Africa. Uganda Cranes will start at the quarterfinals stage in the COSAFA Tournament. Uganda Cranes will start on the quarterfinal stage against Lesotho.

CRANES SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Keni Saidi, Charles Lukwago, James Alitho

Defenders: Jack Komakech, Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, John Revita, Paul Mbowa, Isaac Isinde, Hassan Musana, Filbert Obenchan, Timothy Awanyi, Halid Lwaliwa, Mustafa Mujuzi

Midfielders: Ivan Eyamu, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Shafik Kagimu, Nicholas Kasozi, Juma Sadam Ibrahim, Taddeo Lwanga, Allan Okello, David Owori, Anukani Bright, Moses Waiswa

Forwards: Bashir Mutanda, Paul Mucuurezi, Nelson Senkatuka, Allan Kayiwa, Daniel Muzeyi Serunkuma, Michael Birungi Komunda, Allan Kyambadde, Juma Balinya, Patrick Henry Kaddu, Joel Madondo

Western Region Provisional Squad

Goalkeepers: James Turyasingura (Ntoda FC), Mohamood Kiyemba (Terrazo & tiles), Evaristo Namara (Kyambura FC)

Defenders: Benon Niyonzima (Ntoda FC), Ibrahim Ssembatya (Rushere FC), Alex Muhwezi Kata (Six O’clock FC),Davis Arinda (Kigezi FC), Michael Niyenzimana (Gorilla highlands FC), Denis Omony (Mbarara City Junior Team), Bashir Babu (Mbarara FC), Timothy Twesigye (Bushenyi Veterans FC), Gideon Muhwezi (Sansio Bulldogs FC)

Midfielders: Andrew Bbaale (Terrazzo & Tiles FC), Farouk Nsereko (Rushere FC), Sadat Nsubuga(Mbarara FC), Marvin Ashaba (Ibanda Municipality), Allan Mbishinzimana (Gorilla highlands FC), Abraham Atuhaire (Barrrack Ntoda FC), Sunny Kaija (Kigezi FC), Ronald Turyamusiima (Six O’clock FC)

Strikers: Ivan Ahimbisibwe (Terrazzo & Tiles FC), William Sande (Kyambura United), Rembo Amanyire (Bushenyi Veterans FC), Seiri Arigumaho (Six O’clock FC), Brian Kwesiga (Ntoda), Mohammed Matovu (Rushere FC), Pastori Kabuganda (Mitooma), Moses Guloba (Bushenyi Veterans)

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