Uganda's Thomas Kakaire in action against Somali Credit: FUFA Media
Uganda Cubs’ Thomas ‘Kaka’ ‘Kakaire against Somalia during the 2018 CECAFA U-18 championship in Burundi. Credit: FUFA Media

International friendly match:

Burundi U-20 Vs Uganda U-17

Stade Prince Louis Rwagasore, Bujumbura (4 PM)

Uganda U-17 national team technical bench led by Jackson Magera intend to test the youngsters preparing for the 2019 AFCON finals in Tanzania against slightly older players with the first build up coming against Burundi U-20 side.

A critical look at the starting line up released indicates key changes on the team.

Immensely gifted forward Thomas ‘Kaka’ Kakaire of Bright Stars Junior team is handed the mantle to lead the line alongside Vipers Junior Team Najib Yiga and Kirinya-Jinja S.S junior team forward Isma Mugulusi.

These start at the expense of usual suspects Yasin Abdul Owane and John Kokas Alou.

Ndejje University Junior team goalkeeper Jack Komakech is also handed a start ahead of Kirinya-Jinja S.S team team shot stopper Delton Oyo.

The Uganda U-17 technical team has released the starting eleven for the Cubs against Burundi’s U-20 side in Tuesday’s international friendly match at the Stade Prince Louis Rwagasore in Bujumbura city.

The four man back line of Kevin Ssekimbegga (right back), KCCA Soccer academy left back Ibrahim Juma, John Rogers and skipper Gavin Kizito remains unchanged.

It is a compacted midfield that has Ronny Ziraba, Rogers Mugisha and Andrew Kawooya.

On the substitutes waiting list is goalkeeper Delton Oyo, Ivan Asaba, Davis Sekajja, Innocent Opira, Yasin Abdul Owane, Polycarp Mwaka, Samson Kasozi, John Kokas Alou and James Jarieko.

This is the first of the high profile build ups for the team that is preparing for the 2019 AFCON U-17 finals that will be held in Tanzania in the month of April.

Uganda Cubs XI vs Burundi U-20:

Jack Komakech (GK),Kevin Ssekimbegga, Ibrahim Juma, John Rogers, Gavin Kizito (Cpt), Ronny Ziraba, Rogers Mugisha, Andrew Kawooya, Najib Yiga, Isma Mugulusi, Thomas Kakaire.

Substitutes: Delton Oyo (GK), Ivan Asaba, Davis Sekajja, Innocent Opira, Yasin Abdul Owane, Polycarp Mwaka, Samson Kasozi, John Kokas Alou, James Jarieko

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

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