AFCON 2021 Qualifiers (Group B):
- Uganda Cranes Vs Burkina Faso (Wednesday, 24th March 2021) – St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende
- Malawi Flames Vs Uganda Cranes (Monday, 29th March 2021) – Bingu National Stadium, Lilongwe
With less than 5 days to kick off of the Uganda Cranes home match against Burkina Faso next Wednesday, midfielder Khalid Aucho has been dismissed from the team’s camp over failure to adhere to the national team’s code of conduct.
According to a statement released by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), Aucho was accused of failure to respect the national team code of conduct and FUFA Circular dated 4th March 2021.
The Mis El Makkasa diligent midfielder reported from Egypt on Friday but allegedly turned down the official means of transport FUFA had organized from Entebbe International Airport to the Cranes Paradise Hotel in Kisaasi.
“Aucho refused to board the official means of transport organized to pick him from Entebbe International Airport to the team camp at Cranes Paradise Hotel – Kisaasi and has not even reported to camp since his arrival in the country. His club and Egypt Football Association have duly been informed about the decision and the return air ticket has been issued to him for his travel back to Egypt” a FUFA Statement read.
Aucho had been summoned despite having been sent off in the immediate last game against South Sudan in Nairobi.
He remains one of the most capped players in the national team set up with 53 caps and experienced enough having played at two AFCON finals in Gabon (2017) and Egypt (2019).
He joins striker Uche Mubiru who excused himself from the team that commences official training sessions on Saturday, 20th March 2021.
Uganda Cranes has two crucial up-coming AFCON 2021 qualifiers at home against Burkina Faso and away to Malawi next week.
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: 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)