Midfielder Kirizestom Ntambi will not be part of Uganda Cranes squad that will feature at the forthcoming CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.
Ntambi who features for Wakiso Giants FC in the Uganda Premier League has been ruled out of the tournament due to an injury.
The versatile midfielder was part of the 30-man team summoned by Coach Jonathan McKinstry but hasn’t reported for training since then.
The Purple Sharks medical team confirmed to the player that he has an injury and can’t recover in time for the regional championship that gets underway on 7th December.
“I have an injury that has kept me out and it’s sad that I can’t make it to the national team,” said Ntambi.
He impressed McKinstry in the 1-0 win over Ethiopia in an international friendly but has since then not featured for the team.
He also missed the Chan 2020 qualifier against Burundi after being involved in a boda boda accident two days to the game.
Record Champions Uganda will host the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup between 7th -19th December.
Full Cranes Squad
Goalkeepers: Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), James Alitho (URA), Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume FC), Jack Komakech (Football for Good), Saidi Keni (SC Villa)
Defenders: Paul Willa (Vipers), Ashraf Mandela (URA FC), Musitafa Kizza (KCCA FC), Disan Galiwango (Express FC) John Revita (KCCA FC), Samuel Kato (KCCA FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers), Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline FC), Paul Mbowa (URA FC)
Midfielders: Nicholas Kasozi (KCCA FC), Shafic Kagimu (URA FC), Hassan Ssenyonjo (Wakiso Giants), Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA FC), Karim Watambala (Vipers), Allan Okello (KCCA FC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Joachim Ojera (URA FC)
Forwards: Ben Ocen (Police FC), Vianne Ssekajjugo (Wakiso Giants), Allan Kayiwa (Vipers SC), Joel Madondo (Busoga United FC), Fahad Bayo (Vipers SC), Stephen Mukwala (Maroons FC), Edrisa Lubega (Proline FC)
CECAFA Groups: Group A – Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea Group B – DR Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia Group C – Kenya, Tanzania, Djibouti, Zanzibar