Daniel Opolot Isiagi

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

The Uganda Cranes has two crucial up-coming AFCON 2021 qualifiers at home against Burkina Faso and away to Malawi next week.

These two matches are a turning point for the CECAFA giants who seek a third straight AFCON berth since the 2017 and 2019 achievements.

Out of the 31 players summoned on the provisional squad, one player in Uche Mubiru has withdrawn and now the focus remains on the other 30 players.

Of this remaining crop, Jomo Cosmos striker Daniel Isiagi Opolot is among the 6 forwards on the team.

Isiagi who is expected in the country by Sunday night is determined to fight for way out to the team.

“It remains a big honour to serve the national team. I am determined and set for the best display” Isiagi, a former Proline and URA forward noted.

Isiagi has a league duel on Saturday (20th March 2021) when Jomo Cosmos plays Polokwane City at the Tsakane stadium.

This will be yet another opportunity for Isiagi to prove his worth on the team after earlier displays with the national team in the 2019 COSAFA cup hosted in South Africa.

Daniel Isiagi Opolot in action for Uganda Cranes in the 2019 COSAFA Cup

Other forwards:

It is a competitive line of forwards on the team that also has Israel based Fahad Bayo, Faruku Miya (Konyaspor, Turkey), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Al Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt), Patrick Kaddu (Youssoufia Berrechid-Tunisia) and one locally based player in Yunus Ssentamu (Vipers).

With 78 caps, alongside captain Denis Onyango, Okwi is one of the most senior players on the team.

Nicholas Wadada and Joseph Benson Ochaya closely follow with 59 and 55 caps respectively under their names.

Abdallah Mubiru, Uganda Cranes head coach

The team commences training on Saturday, 20th March 2021 under coaches Abdallah Mubiru (head coach), Charles Livingstone Mbabazi (assistant coach) and Fred Kajoba Kisitu (goalkeeping coach).

Uganda is second in group B on seven points, one behind leaders Burkina Faso.

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)

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

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