AFCON 2021 Qualifiers (Group B):

  • 13th November 2019: Burkina Faso Vs Uganda Cranes – Ouagadougou
  • 17th November 2019: Uganda Cranes Vs Malawi Flames – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole

Swedish based defender Ronald Mukiibi Ddungu has pulled out from the Uganda Cranes team preparing for a double header of the AFCON 2021 qualifiers against Burkina Faso (away) and Malawi at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

Mukiibi, a defender with Ostersunds FK in the Swedish top flight league suffered a knock in during the club’s engagement.

He last featured for Ostesund during the 2-1 loss away to Hammarby at the Jamtkraft Arena on 27th Octover 2019, thus missing Ostersund’s latest away trip to Goteborg where the visitors suffered a 7-1 humiliation at the Gamla Ullevi sports complex last Saturday.

For starters, Ostersunds is also home to another Ugandan, Isak Ssali Shumai Ssewankambo.

Ssewankambo has since represented Sweden at the U17, U19 and U21 levels.

He was part of the Uganda Cranes squad that represented the country at the AFCON 2019 championship in Egypt.

Ronald Mukiibi (shirt 12) during the warm up session at the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt

The game away against Burkina Faso being so soon (on Wednesday, 13th November 2019), it would be late for his full recovery.

The other defenders on the side are however available for selection.

The pool of defenders has Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell, Scotland), Murushid Jjuuko (Wydad Casablanca, Morocco), Timothy Denis Awany (Sport Club Ironi Ashdod, Israel), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Isaac Muleme (Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic) as well as Democratic Republic of Congo based left back Joseph Ochaya who features at TP Mazembe.

Meanwhile, the team entered residential camp on Sunday evening and will depart the country for Burkina Faso on 11th November 2019 for Ouagadougou ahead of the Wednesday, 13th November clash.

The team is expected to have a single training session before flying out of the country.

Uganda Cranes will then host Malawi Flames on 17th November 2019 at the Mandela National Stadium.

The Full Squad:

Goalkeepers:

Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Robert Odongkara (Horoya AC, Guinea), Charles Lukwago (KCCA, Uganda)

Defenders:

Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell, Scotland), Murushid Jjuuko (Wydad Casablanca, Morocco), Timothy Denis Awany (Sport Club Ironi Ashdod, Israel), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Isaac Muleme (Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, Democratic Republic of Congo)

Midfielders:

Michael Azira (Chicago Fire, USA), Khalid Aucho (Misr Lel Makasa, Egypt), Tadeo Lwanga (Tanta, Egypt), Nicholas Kasozi (KCCA, Uganda), Allan Okello (KCCA, Uganda), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Farouk Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey), Abdu Lumala (Pyramids, Egypt), William Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karaganda, Kazahstan)

Forwards:

Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt), Patrick Henry Kaddu (RS Berkane, Morocco), Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United BK, Sweden), Fahad Bayo (Vipers, Uganda)

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

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