The Uganda National Beach Soccer Team head coach Salim Jamal Muwonge has named a 20 man provisional squad for the forthcoming Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers against Comoros.
The team set to start preparations is comprised of 20 players; Four Goalkeepers, Right defenders and eight strikers.
Muwonge has largely maintained a big number that has been in the squad for years.
Capatain Meddie Kibirige, Reigning MVP Baker Lukooya, Rica Byaruhanga, Allan Katwe, forwards Godfrey Lwesibawa and Brian Nkuubi are some of the experienced lads named in a press conference.
Hard rock Paul Lule, top scorer Ambrose Kigozi, experienced defender Jonathan Kikonyogo and Samson Kirya are other other big names considered.
Among the new faces given chance include Mutoola Goalkeeper Siraje Masembe, Shaka Ssozi, Hassan Luboyera, Joshua Lubwama and Nicholas Mwere.
Having played in the AFCON 2021, Muwonge believes the summoned will achieve the target of qualifying back to the continental stage.
“Our target is to get back to the final tournament and I am confident the players summoned will help in executing the assignment before us. We have enough time to prepare for the two games and hoping for the very best.” He said.
The team will enter residential camp at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru later today.
The first leg will be played between 22nd-24th July in Comoros while the return leg will happen between 5th-7th August in Uganda with the winner on aggregate qualifying to the final tournament.
The 2022 Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations will be held from 21st to 30th October in Maputo, Mozambique.
Uganda is seeking to return to the final tournament for the second successive time having played at the 2021 edition in Senegal where the team reached the semifinals.
Samson Kirya (Buganda Royal BSC), Meddie Kibirige (St. Lawrence BSC), Ronald Mutebi (St. Lawrence BSC), Siraje Masembe (Mutoola
Sharif Lubega (Buganda Royal BSC), Hassan Ali Luboyera (Buganda Royal BSC), Paul Lule (Buganda Royal BSC), Jonathan Kikonyogo (St. Lawrence BSC), Rica Arch (St. Lawrence BSC), Allan Katwe (St. Lawrence BSC), Churchill Katamba (Mutoola BSC), Ashraf Apuuli (Mutoola BSC)
Isma Kawawulo (MUBS BSC), Baker Lukoya (St. Lawrence BSC), Ambrose Kigozi (Buganda Royal BSC), Joshua Lubwama (St. Lawrence BSC), Shaka Ssozi (Jinja Lions BSC), Nicholas Mwere(Jinja Lions BSC), Godfrey Lwesibawa (Buganda Royal BSC), Brian Nkuubi (St. Lawrence BSC)
Salim Jamal Muwonge – Head Coach
Bashir Mutyaba – Technical Director Manager
Brian Bisaso – Goalkeeping Coach
Tonny Ssebagala -Team Manager –
Ivan Kulika – Team Doctor
Julius Bazzeketa – Media Officer