Kirizestom Ntambi has replaced injured Denis Iguma in the 46-provisional squad summoned by Coach Sebastian Desabre to begin preparations for Uganda’s closing Group L Afcon qualifier against Tanzania.
The highly billed encounter is slated for 24th of March in the Tanzanian capital of Dar es salaam.
Ntambi, a former SC Villa attacking midfielder, is currently plying trade in Ethiopia with Coffee FC.
Ironically, Ntambi was been frequently employed as a make shift center back by his Ethiopian employers.
And national team selectors have summoned him to fill the void left by utility player Iguma who got injured while playing for his club Kazma FC in Kuwait. Ntambi’s inclusion was revealed on the official federation social media platforms.
”FUFA confirms replacement made by @UgandaCranes coach @Seb_Desabre for injured Denis Iguma with Kirizestom Ntambi of Ethiopian side Coffee FC ahead of the camp due in Cairo 17th-22nd March. Uganda will play Tanzania on 24th March 2019 in the AFCON Qualifiers.”
The final squad of 24 players will fly out to Cairo for a residential camp between 18th to 22nd March before connecting to Tanzania.
Uganda is among the 14 countries who have already qualified for this year’s Afcon finals to be hosted by Egypt. Cranes qualified with a Tanzania game to spare.
The 15 foreign based players; Denis Onyango ( Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim ( Al Hilal Omdruman, Sudan), Robert Odongkara ( Adama City FC, Ethiopia), Murushid Juuko (Simba SC, Tanzania), Kirizestom Ntambi (Coffee FC, Ethiopia), Nicolas Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania), Herbert Bockhorn Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Moses Opondo (Vendsyssel FF, Denmark), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Edris Lubega (SV Reid, Austria), Emma Okwi (Simba SC, Tanzania), Muhammad Shaban (Raja Casablanca, Morocco)
The 31 local based players: Sebwato Nicholas (Onduparaka Fc), Saidi Keni (SC Villa), James Alitho (URA FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Obenchan Filbert (KCCA FC), Willa Paul (Police FC), Samson Mutyaba (Maroons FC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Majwega Brian (Maroons FC), Godfrey Walusimbi (Unattached), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Mboowa Paul (URA FC), Mujuzi Musitafa (Proline FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Rashid Toha (Onduparaka FC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Eyam Ivan (Mbarara City FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Okello Allan (KCCA FC), Waiswa Moses (Vipers SC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Owori David (SC Villa), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Micheal Birungi (Express FC), Poloto Julius (KCCA FC), Balinya Juma (Police FC), Serunkuma Daniel (Vipers SC), Kaddu Henry (KCCA FC), Madondo Joel (K-Jinja SS), Bashir Mutanda (SC Villa).