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Ochaya joins camp as Cranes conduct first session at Kitende

Ochaya joins camp as Cranes conduct first session at Kitende
Ochaya missed the last game due to suspension. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

Left-back Joseph Benson Ochaya is the latest professional to join the Uganda Cranes camp ahead of the final AFCON qualification window.

Uganda will take on Burkina Faso and Malawi next week in a bid to reach the continental showpiece for the third time running.

They host Burkina Faso on Wednesday at Kitende before traveling away to Malawi on the Weekend.

Ochaya who is understood to have jetted into the country on Saturday night was available for Sunday-morning’s training at St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende, the Cranes first at the venue after starting off preparations at Lugogo.

Ochaya who plays his game at Congolese giants TP Mazembe joins the likes of Allan Okello, Salim Jamal, Mathais Kigonya, Mustapha Kizza, Nicholas Wadada, Mike Azira, Tadeo Lwanga, Abdul Lumala, Emmanuel Okwi, and Patrick Kaddu as the foreign-based players currently in camp with the other expected to arrive on Sunday and Monday.

He is set to return to the team after missing the 1-0 loss to South Sudan in Kenya due to suspension.

Among the players that were summoned, Uganda will be without Uche Mubiru who pulled out for personal reasons and Khalid Aucho who was dismissed after failing to adhere to the team’s code of conduct.

Uganda is currently second on the Group B log with 7 points and require just two draws in their last two games to seal a spot at the AFCON finals. Alternatively, a win and a draw with see the Cranes progress to the finals.

*Players who were summoned*

Jamal Salim (Al Hilal, Sudan), Charles Lukwago(KCCA FC-Uganda), Kigonya Mathias ( Azam FC- Tanzania), Kizza Mustapha (DC Montreal- USA), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, Democratic Republic of Congo), Lwaliwa Halid (Vipers SC-Uganda), Juuko Murushid (Express FC-Uganda), Kizito Mugweri Gavin (SC Villa- Uganda), Lwanga Taddeo (Simba SC- Tanzania), Michael Azira (New Mexico United-, USA), Allan Okello (Paradou, Algeria), Lumala Abdu (Pyramids FC- Egypt), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Orit Ibrahim (Vipers SC-Uganda),

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Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt), Kaddu Patrick (Youssoufia Berrechid-Tunisia), Sentamu Yunus (Vipers SC-Uganda), Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Mugabi Bevis (Motherwell FC- Scotland), Ronald Mukiibi(Ostersunds FK, Sweden), Timothy Denis Awany (Sport Club Ironi, Ashdod, Israel), Elvis Bwomono (Southend United, England), Miya Faruku (Konyaspor- Turkey), Kizito Luwagga (Hapoel Kfar Saba- Israel), Waiswa Moses (SupersportUnited-South Africa), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Fahad Bayo (Sport Club Ironi Ashdod, Israel), Isiagi Daniel (Jomo Cosmos-South Africa), Uche Mubiru Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers, England), Khalid Aucho (Misr Lel Makasa, Egypt).


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