CECAFA 2019 Senior Challenge Cup:

  • Burundi Vs Djibouti – 1:30pm
  • Eritrea Vs Uganda Cranes – 4PM

As Uganda Cranes take on Eritrea in the third group A game at the on-going 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at Lugogo on Wednesday afternoon, the home side head coach Johnathan McKinstry confirmed the starting team.

There are seven new faces in the starting list that will play against Eritrea from the team that won the first two games 3-1 and 2-0 against Burundi and Somalia respectively.

Goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa, defenders Paul Mbowa and Musitafa Mujjuzi, midfielders Muzamiru Mutyaba, Nicolas Kasozi, Abdul Karim Watambala and forward Steven Mukwala all make their first starts at the annual championship.

Only skipper Halid Lwaliwa, forward Ben Ocen, left back Mustafa Kizza and left attacker Viane Ssekajugo have had starts before.

In the new set up against Eritrea, Mutakubwa starts ahead of Charles Lukwago in the goal posts.

Mujjuzi will the right back role where Paul Willa had occupied against Burundi and Somalia.

There is a new central defensive pairing of Lwaliwa and Mbowa.

Kasozi starts as the holding midfielder with Mutyaba the offensive option.

The forward line has Watambala, Ocen, Mukwala and Ssekajugo.

Uganda needs a point to progress to the semi-finals.

Uganda Cranes XI Vs Somalia that won 2-0. Several players on the team have been rested against Eritrea

Uganda Cranes XI Vs Eritrea: Joel Mutakubwa (GK, Kyetume), Musitafa Mujuzi (Proline), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers), Paul Mbowa (URA), Nicolas Kasozi (KCCA), Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA), Karim Watambala (Vipers), Ben Ocen (Police), Steven Mukwala (Maroons), Viane Sekajugo (Wakiso Giants)

Subs: Charles Lukwago (GK, KCCA), Paul Willa (Vipers), John Revita (KCCA), Shafiq Kagimu (URA), Bright Anukani (Proline), Allan Okello (KCCA), Joachim Ojera (URA), Fahad Bayo (Vipers), Joel Madondo (Busoga United)

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

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