The long-awaited debut for UK-born hardworking center forward Karl Anthony Uchechukwu Ikpeazu Mubiru on the Uganda Cranes team has been further postponed.
The development comes after the Wycombe Wanderers’ striker asked to be left out of the two upcoming AFCON 2021 qualification fixtures when Uganda Cranes takes on Burkina Faso (home) and Malawi (away).
This was revealed by the interim head coach Abdallah Mubiru during an exclusive interview at FUFA House.
“Uche Mubiru requested to pull out of the two upcoming qualifiers,” Mubiru disclosed.
It remains to be known why Uche politely asked to left out despite being fully fit after scoring for the Chairboys in their 3-1 slip to 10 man Barnsley (captain Alex Mowatt was sent off) on Wednesday, the 17th March 2021.
With Uche out, there are a couple of other forwards on the team as; Fahad Bayo (FC Ashdod, Israel), Patrick Kaddu (Youssoufia Berrechid-Tunisia), Daniel Isiagi (Jomo Cosmos, South Africa), Faruku Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey), Emmanuel Okwi (Al Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt) and Vipers’ Yunus Ssentamu.
Abdallah Mubiru hinted that the preparations for the Burkina Faso and Malawi clashes started over one and a half weeks ago moments after the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) confirmed that the local-based legion of coaches will be in charge of the two matches following a suspension to Jonathan McKinstry.
“We started the preparations one and a half weeks ago. We have been talking to each of the players to put right their psychology. On Thursday, 18 March 2021, we enter residential camp and expect the training proper to start by Saturday, 20th March 2021,” the former Diary and KCCA player said.
By Monday, all the foreign-based players will have reported in the country well in time of the Burkina Faso and Malawi clashes.
Uganda is second in group B on seven points, one behind leaders Burkina Faso who they face on 24th March. Malawi and South Sudan come third and fourth respectively.
Full Summoned Squad:
Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Salim Jamal Magoola (Al Hilal Omdurman, Sudan), Mathias Kigonya (Azam FC, Tanzania), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC, Uganda)
Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada(Azam FC, Tanzania), Elvis Bwomono (South End, England), Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell, Scotland), Murushid Juuko (Express FC, Uganda), Musitafa Kiiza(DC Montreal, USA), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Dennis Awany (FC Ashdod, Israel), Ronald Mukiibi(Ostersunds, Sweden), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC, Uganda), Garvin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa, Uganda)
Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Misr Lel Makkasa, Egypt), Mike Azira (New Mexixo United-, USA), William Kizito Luwagga (Hapoel Kfar Saba- Israel), Allan Okello (AC Paradou, Algeria), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Moses Waiswa (SuperSport United, South Africa), Taddeo Lwanga (Simba SC, Tanzania), Abdu Lumala (Pyramids FC, Egypt), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC, Uganda)
Forwards: Fahad Bayo (FC Ashdod, Israel), Daniel Isiagi (Jomo Cosmos, South Africa), Faruku Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey) Yunus Ssentamu (Vipers SC), Emmanuel Okwi (Al Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt), Patrick Kaddu (Youssoufia Berrechid-Tunisia)