Uganda’s delegation of 31 people left the country on Thursday for Asmara, Eritrea for the 2019 CECAFA U-15 tournament.
The delegation had 20 players and 11 officials as they eye the inaugural youth tournament which kicks off on Friday 16th August 2019.
Among the players on the team includes the Rays of Grace’s Leonard Kasaanya, the MVP of the recently concluded inaugural FUFA primary schools competition.
Others are; Abbas Kyeyune of Kampala Junior Team, immensely gifted Travis Mutyaba, a student at Kawempe Royal College, St Mary’s Kitende player Najib Kigozi and Shafiq Magogo of Kibuli S.S among others.
The three goalkeepers on the team are; Daniel Mukisa (Kawempe Muslim SS), Elisa Taremwa (Light Africa SS) and Juventus Namasuba’s Rickson Peter Gubya.
KCCA Junior Team head tactician Jackson Magera is the overall Uganda U-15 interim head coach.
Hamza Lutalo is the immediate assistant, Arthur Kyesmira the team trainer as Mubaraka Kiberu is the goalkeeping coach.
We have had a good period of training with no injuries and we are now ready to face off with the rest of the teams from the region. It is a great tournament for the young players to know the kind of stages to go through when playing footballJackson Magera, Interim head coach Uganda U-15
The team played two friendly matches at the FUFA Technical Center winning 3-0 and 5-0 over Jinja SS and Odilo winners Rays of Grace respectively.
Uganda in Group B
Uganda was pooled in group B alongside Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Rwanda.
On Saturday, 17th August 2019, Uganda faces Ethiopia in their opener.
The second game will come against South Sudan on Tuesday, 20th August 2019 before winding down with a date against Rwanda on Saturday 24th August.
FUFA Executive Committee member Agnes Mugena is the overall leader of the delegation.
Goalkeepers: Daniel Mukisa (Kawempe Muslim SS), Elisa Taremwa (Light Africa SS), Rickson Peter Gubya (Juventus-Namasuba)
Other players: Leonard Kasanya (Rays of Grace), Abbas Kyeyune (Kampala Junior Team), Travis Mutyaba (Kawempe Royal College), Caros Kaddu (Kabowa Youth), Samuel Mutebi (Bishops SS Mukono), Peter Gava (Buddo SS), Vincent Mulema (Bishops SS-Mukono), Najib Kigozi (St. Mary’s Kitende), Godfrey Ssekibengo (St Henry’s College-Kitovu), Patrick Muliika (Kako SS), Patrick Ouke (Sparta 09), Ogwalo Devis (Buddo SS), Abdu Nsereko (Super Heroes), Shugai Kalisa (Kawempe Muslim SS), Shafiq Magogo (Kibuli SS), Hafidhu Ssonko Ssembatya (Kampala Junior Team), Shafiq Waswanga (Football for Good Academy)
- Leader of Delegation: Agnes Mugena
- Head Coach: Jackson Magera
- Assistant Coach: Hamuza Lutalo
- Goalkeeping Coach: Mubarak Kiberu
- Team coordinator: Bashir Mutyaba
- Team Doctor: Emmanuel Nakabago
- Team Media Officer: Aloysius Byamukama
- Fitness Trainer: Arthur Kyesimira
- FUFA Delegates: Sulait Makumbi Sulait & Livingstone Ndibassa Kyambadde
- Kits Manager: Frank Bumpenje
You are lucky to be here to represent the Nation. When you put on the National team shirt that means you are representing over 34 million Ugandans. Play your part and do the best. In this region, we are the best team and so, whenever there is a tournament, everyone looks at us and every team comes ready to challenge Uganda. So, let us fight for our young careers, our families, our schools, our coaches, FUFA and above all our country’ said the FUFA President as he advised the National team players.Moses Magogo, FUFA President