2015 CAF U-17 Qualifier: Zambia Vs Uganda at Nkoloma Stadium

Seldom does a football coach disclose his starting eleven with more than 5 hours prior to a key fixture. Uganda U-17 head coach, Matia Lule has defied that unwritten norm naming two significant changes from the team that started the last CAF U-17 qualifier against Rwanda.

With team skipper, Andrew Okiring Isiagi missing the fixture (away in US at Carlisle academy), Diego Katumba, who can play in central defense and midfield takes up the role with the natural right back, Joel Jangeyambe relegated to the bench.

It is an all-out-attack side for Uganda as Qatar based midfielder; Hassan Ssenyonjo (who plays for Aspire Academy) makes the team at the expense of Julius Poloto. Ssenyonjo is one player similar in style and mentality to midfield icon, Frank ‘Zagga’ Tumwesigye.

Alex Komakech maintains the left back role with the rest of the team unchanged like it started at Namboole and in Rubavu against Rwanda.

Shaban ‘Jaggason’ Muhammed and Charles Ssentinde are the two twin strikers to await the balls from left winger, Pius Obuya and the free dribbling play maker, Frank Tumwesigye.

Lule has two natural defenders on the substitutes bench with Joel Jangeyambe and Badru Nsubuga, while 14 year old Ezra Bidda makes the bench as the only available natural forward.

Confirmed Starting Line up – Uganda Cubs
Eric Kibowa (GK), Diego Katumba, Alex Komakech, Kato Samuel Nemeyimana, Bashir Asiku, Emmanuel Olinga (Capt), Hassan Senyonjo, Frank Tumwesigye, Shaban Mohammed, Charles Sebutinde and Pius Obuya

Edward Kasibante (G.K), Joel Jangeyambe, Juilus Poloto, Badru Nsubuga, Ashraf Mugume Ashraf, Willy Ocen and Ezra Bidda.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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