Uganda Cranes midfielder Michael Azira has been shortlisted on the national team squad ahead of the 2019 AFCON in Egypt this summer.
Azira who last featured for the side in the 2017 edition in Gabon had been out of the fold in the qualifying campaign but with a very active career in the Major League Soccer in the US.
The Montreal Impact player has for the last couple of seasons been a regular and he now earns a chance to showcase his potential once again on the continent.
Azira has featured for 13 games out of 14 this season. He has started 11 and had one assist. This is already more than the games (11) he played at the same franchise the whole of last season.
The final team of 23 players to Egypt will be confirmed after the two international friendly matches in Abu Dhabi.
The Squad to Abu Dhabi:
Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia), Charles Lukwago (KCCA, Uganda) Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan)
Defenders: Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds, Sweden), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England),
Isaac Muleme (FK Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC,Uganda), Godfrey Walsumbi (Unattached)
Midfielders: William Luwagga Kizito (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazahstan), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Michael Azira (Montreal, Canada), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Kirizestom Ntambi- Coffee FC –Ethiopia), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), Moses Waiswa Moses (Vipers SC, Uganda), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC-Uganda)
Strikers: Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United, Sweden), Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda)