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2021 AFCON Qualifiers: Mawejje gets the wild card as McKinstry names a 22-man squad of local-based players

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Tony Mawejje has been handed a wild card to return to the Cranes fold after being named amongst the locally-based players to form part of the Cranes provisional squad.

Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry released a list of 22 locally based players from whom 5 or 6 will be selected and be added to the final squad, which comes barely a week after 20 foreign-based players were summoned for the doubleheader against South Sudan.

With the duel dates adjusted to 12th November 2020 at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende and the return leg in Nairobi four days later, a training camp has been set up to run from 2nd to 8th November 2020.

“In order to give the locally-based players the best support to push their levels higher and hopefully get some minutes on the field against South Sudan, we will be running an advance camp,” McKinstry said before adding “in addition to that, we shall be able to have some early arrivals of foreign-based players whose last league games will have been played earlier than the gazetted international break dates”.

The squad includes;

Goalkeepers

Charles Lukwago (KCCA), Alionzi Nafian (URA), and Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume)

Defenders

Willa Paul (Vipers), Ashraf Mandela (URA), Disan Galiwango (Vipers), Derrick Ndahiro (SC Villa), Denis Iguma (KCCA), Murshid Juuko (Express), Samuel Kato (KCCA), Paul Patrick Mbowa (URA), and Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers).

Midfielders

Tonny Mawejje (Police), Saidi Kyeyune (URA), Shafiq Kagimu (URA), Karim Watambala (Vipers), David Owori (SC Villa) and Bright Anukani (KCCA)

Forwards

Ibrahim Orit (Vipers), Milton Karisa (Vipers), Stephen Mukwala (URA), and Brian Aheebwa (KCCA).

This announcement means that legendary midfield general Tonny Mawejje has received a wild card to impress and probably make a comeback to the national team he served for over a decade.


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