June 26, 2022


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13 Local Based Players Make Uganda Cranes Squad For Navruz Cup In Uzbekistan

Navruz Cup – 2022:

25th – 29th March – Markaziy Stadium, Namangan


Thirteen (13) players that feature in the StarTimes Uganda Premier league, have made cut among the twenty four (24) players that have left Entebbe International Airport on the morning of Tuesday for the Navruz Cup in Uzbekistan between 25th to 29th March 2022.


The local based players include; 5 Venoms, 4 from KCCA FC, and one from Express FC, UPDF, Bright Stars FC and URA FC.


Bright stars’ Marvin Youngman, gaol keeper Nafian Alionzi, Begisa James of UPDF and Martin Kizza are the single players that have represented their clubs.


Vipers is represented by captain Lwaliwa,center back Mulondo, midfielder Bobosi, left back Kayondo and forward Karisa.


Mato who has been impressive in the warm up games scored against Wakiso Giants FC and Buganda region select team, captain Ochan, defender Jurua and left back Achai have represented the Lugogo based Club.


The delegation led by FUFA Executive Committee member Issa Magoola Kakaire departed aboard the Turkish Airlines flight TK 612 according to Fufa.co.ug


Uganda Cranes will play in the four nation tournament that has Tajikistan, hosts Uzbekistan and Kyrgz Republic as a precursor of the the upcoming AFCON 2023 and CHAN 2023 qualifiers.


‘We are using the Navruz Cup to assemble the teams that will feature in the qualifiers of CHAN 2023 and AFCON 2023 tournaments. There is a balance of players in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League as well as those featuring in the diaspora leagues’ head coach Micho revealed.


The team has eleven (11) foreign based players according to the list released by team media officer Ronald Lusulire.


Uganda Cranes had on Sunday played a regional tour match against Buganda region select at the Naama playground in Mityana (ended 1-1).


Uganda Cranes open the Cup campaign with Tajikistan on 25th March 2022. On the same day, Uzbekistan shall take on Krygz Republic.


The third place play-off and final matches will then be held on 29th March 2022.


All matches will be played at Markaziy stadium in Namangan


Uganda Cranes Delegation to Uzbekistan Tour (21st to 30th March 2022)


Faruku Miya (Lviv, Ukraine), Bayo Fahad Aziz (Bnei Sakhnin, Israel), Khalid Aucho (Young Africans, Tanzania), Mugabi Bevis Kristofer Kizito (Motherwell, Scotland), Kyambadde Allan (El Gouna, Egypt), Lukwago Charles (St George, Ethiopia), Ndondhi Moses Waiswa (Super Sport United, South Africa), Okello Allan (Paradou AC, Algeria), Kakooza Derrick (Valmiera, Lativa), Okwi Emmanuel Arnold (Kiyovu Sports, Rwanda), Serwadda Steven (New York Red Bulls II, USA), Alionzi Nafian Legason (URA, Uganda), Ochan Benjamin (KCCA, Uganda), Lwaliwa Halidi (Vipers, Uganda), Mato Rogers Kassim (KCCA, Uganda), Begisa James Penz (UPDF, Uganda), Kizza Martin (Express, Uganda), Mulondo Livingstone (Vipers, Uganda), Achai Herbert (KCCA, Uganda), Byaruhanga Bobosi (Vipers, Uganda), Abdul-Aziz Kayondo (Vipers, Uganda), Jurua Hassan Alidro (KCCA, Uganda), Karisa Milton (Vipers, Uganda), Marvin Joseph Youngman (Soltilo Bright Stars, Uganda


Other members to Uzbekistan 


Leader of Delegation: Magoola Issa Kakaire (FUFA Executive Committee Member)

Head coach: Milutin Sredojevic

Assistant coach: Moses Basena

Goalkeeping coach: Kajoba Fred Kisitu

Team coordinator: Massa Geofrey

National Teams officer: Mukatabala Paul Nantulya

Team Doctor: Nakabago Emmanuel

Team Physiotherapist: Ssewanyana Ivan

Kit Managers: Balyejusa Ayub & Mulondo Samuel

Delegates: Tabu Santos Bobo & Muyanja Sunday Moni

FUFA Staff: Namutebi Nsubuga Phionah

Media officer: Lusulire Ronald