AFCON U-23 Qualifiers
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Uganda U-23 (Kobs) Vs South Sudan U-23 – StarTimes Stadium, 4:00 pm *
Entry Fees: 5000 (Ordinary Tickets) & 20,000 (VIP)
Uganda Kobs host South Sudan in the preliminary AFCON U-23 first leg qualifier at Star Times Stadium, Lugogo on Wednesday.
The U-23 side, under the stewardship of Coach Wasswa Bbosa are seeking to pull-off a strong home victory and draw first blood in a two legged affair with the return leg slated for next week in Juba.
Over 40 players were initially summoned in the provisional squad a fortnight ago but following close assessing and evaluation by Coach Wasswa Bbosa and his technical staff, the squad was trimmed just 23 players. These have been in residential training camp since Monday at FUFA technical center Njeru.
The U-23 coaching staff was boasted by the addition of Charles Ayieko in capacity of assistant coach after Sebastian Desabre, another member of the technical team is occupied with Crane’s engagements.
Home advantage to count
Playing in front of their own fans at Lugogo, home advantage is virtually going to put the Kobs in good stead.
“We have to make sure that we win the game because we are playing from home. Then we shall have plan for the return leg next week.
“The boys are fit and prepared,” Assistant coach Ayieko stressed.
With talent strewn over the squad, Coach Wasswa Bbosa has the players at his disposal to take care of their visiting South Sudan counterparts with out much ado.
In Allan Okello, Shafic ” Kuchi” Kagimu, Julius Poloto, Duncan Ssenidde and Australian based Trevor Ssemakula, Bbosa has the talent that can conjure something out of nothing.
Joel Madondo, who is the current UPL top scorer and Steven Mukwala will lead the search for goals up front.
Saidi Keni is expected to start in goal with the back four of Mustafa Mujuzzi and Rashid Toha Marshalling the central defense while Mustafah Kizza and Ronald Kingogo will play as left and right backs respectively.
Uganda U-23 Final 23 Man team:
Goalkeepers: Tom Ikara (KCCA FC, Uganda), Saidi Keni (Proline FC, Uganda), Mathias Muwanga (Express FC, Uganda)
Right backs: Ronald Kigongo (URA FC, Uganda), Bashir Asiku (Vipers SC, Uganda)
Left backs: Hassan Musana (KCCA FC, Uganda), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA FC, Uganda)
Central defenders: Musitafa Mujuzi (Proline Fc, Uganda), Rashid Toha (Onduparaka FC), Geofrey Wasswa (Vipers SC), Paul Patrick Mbowa (URA FC, Uganda)
Holding Midfielders: Lawrence Bukenya (KCCA FC, Uganda), Abel Michael Eturude (Onduparaka FC), Yaya Mahad Kakooza (Tooro United FC, Uganda)
Offensive Midfielders: Julius Poloto (KCCA FC, Uganda), Shafik Kuchi Kagimu (URA FC, Uganda), Allan Okello (KCCA FC, Uganda), David Owori (SC Villa, Uganda), Ezekiel Duncan Sseninde (Vipers SC, Uganda)
Forwards: Joel Madondo (Kirinya-Jinja SS, Uganda), Steven Desse Mukwala (Vipers SC, Uganda), Joseph Junior Ssemujju (SC Villa, Uganda), Trevor Ssemakula (Weerebie City Stars FC, Australia)