SC Villa's defender Gavin Kizito Mugweri gets to the ball ahead of Vipers' Ceaser Lobi Manzoki Credit: John Batanudde

CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup 2021: (July 18-31) – Bahir Dar, Ethiopia:

  • Group A: Uganda, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
  • Group B: Ethiopia, Burundi, Eritrea
  • Group C: Djibouti, South Sudan, Kenya

Uganda Kobs (U-23) head coach Morley Byekwaso named the country’s final 23 man squad for the 2021 CECAFA U-23 challenge cup tournament in Ethiopia, Bahir Dar city.

Sports Club Villa defender Gavin Kizito Mugweri returns to the traveling contingent having missed out the two international build up matches in Saudi Arabia.

Gavin Kizito Mugweri captained the U-20 at the AFCON U-20 finals in Mauritania

His club mate, goalkeeper Saidi Keni also returns to the list at the expense of UPDF’s Eric Kibowa.

The two players (Kizito and Keni) had returned positive COVID-19 results moments before the team entered camp for the Saudi Arabia build matches.

Goalkeeper Saidi Keni with a routine save during Sports Club Villa’s game
Express captain Enock Walusimbi in action against Onudparaka’s Noel Nasasira at the Betway Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium

Express’ winning captain Enock Walusimbi retains the captain’s arm band. KCCA goalkeeper and captain Charles Lukwago is Walusimbi’s first deputy as Kizito is the second captain.

The team flies out to Ethiopia today (Wednesday, 14th July 2021) at 3pm aboard Ethiopian Airways.

FUFA Executive committee member Rogers Byamukama is leader of delegation.

George Kaddu of Wakiso Giants is part of the traveling squad

The final 23 man squad to Ethiopia

Goal Keepers: Charles Lukwago (KCCA), Saidi Keni (SC Villa), Dennis Otim (Express FC)

Defenders: Enock Walusimbi (Express), Abdu Aziizi Kayondo (Vipers), George Kaddu (Wakiso Giants), Musa Ramathan (KCCA), Kenneth Ssemakula (BUL), Magambo Peter (KCCA), Gavin Kizito Mugweri ( SC Villa)

Midfielders: Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers), Abdul Karim Watambala (Vipers), Steven Sserwadda (KCCA), Bright Anukani (KCCA), Salim Abdallah (SC Villa)

Forwards: Stephen Dese Mukwala (URA), Ivan Bogere (Wakiso Giants), Saddam Masereka (SC Villa), Julius Poloto (KCCA), Najib Yiga (Vipers), Hakim Kiwanuka (Proline), Derrick Kakooza (Police), Samuel Ssenyonjo (KCCA)

Official:

  • Leader of Delegation: Rogers Byamukama
  • Head Coach: Morley Byekwaso
  • Assistant Coach: Simeon Massa
  • Goalkeeping coach: Steven Billy Kiggundu
  • Team Manager: Bashir mutyaba
  • Team Doctor: Emmanuel Nakabago
  • Kitsman: Samuel Mulondo
  • Media Officer: Lawrence Bwanika
  • FUFA Delegate: Isa Musiiwa
  • FUFA Staff: Edward Kalungi

Uganda’s fixtures:

  • Sunday, 18th July 2021: Uganda Vs DR Congo (2 PM)
  • Sunday, 25th July 2021: Uganda Vs Tanzania (4 PM)

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

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