Every footballer world over yearns for that golden opportunity to represent his or her country in any given engagement.
To play a major championship as the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup is a big impetus and personal achievement worth to be remembered for a lifetime.
Midfielder Moses Waiswa has already won a few caps with the Uganda Cranes and has no regrets whatsoever.
Sadly, the Vipers playmaker will not be part of the Uganda Cranes team at the prestigious 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt.
This is because of a recurring knee injury as confirmed by the official FUFA Website.
The technical team has confirmed the player will not take any part further in the camp in Abu Dhabi following medical assessments of the injury. Plans are underway to organise his travel back home for further treatment and recovery of the injury. It is a pity for the young man who had a dream to feature at the continent’s biggest soccer showpiece. We wish him a quick recovery.Ahmed Hussein, FUFA PRO
For the better half of the second round in the 2018-19 Uganda Premier League, Waiswa was often disturbed by the knee injury and missed the climax of the league campaign.
The reigning Airtel FUFA Player of the year will not be physically fit to meet the requirements of featuring for the team at the tournamentFUFA Statement
Competitive midfield department:
With Waiswa ruled out, the battle for slots among the midfielders remains between Canada based Michael Azira (Montreal Impact), Swedish based fast paced winger Abdu Lumala, Allan Kateregga who plays at Maritzburg in South Africa, William Kizito Luwagga of Shakhter Karagandy in Kazakhstan and India based holding midfielder Khalid Aucho of Church Hill Brothers.
The others are; Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Kirizestom Ntambi (Coffee FC, Ethiopia) and the Ugandan based duo of Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers) and Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA FC).
The head coach Sebastien Desabre will name the final team to AFCON 2019 on 11th June 2019.
This will be after Sunday’s international friendly match against Asian country Turkmenistan at the New York University in Abu Dhabi.
At AFCON 2019, Uganda Cranes will be housed in group A alongside hosts Egypt, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Uganda Cranes Squad Currently camped in Abu Dhabi:
Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia)
Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Brian Ronald Ddungu Mukiibi (Ostersunds, Sweden), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England), Isaac Muleme (FK Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Un attached), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Godfrey Walusimbi (Un-attached)
Midfielders: Allan “Dancing Rasta” Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), William Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazahstan), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska, Sweden), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Kirizestom Ntambi- Coffee FC, Ethiopia), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC-Uganda)
Strikers: Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United, Sweden), Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania)
Ruled out with a knee Injury: Moses Waiswa (Vipers SC, Uganda)