Iraq v Uganda July 9
CHAN first leg
Tanzania v Uganda July 13
After Wednesday’s evening training session, the Serb flanked by his assistants Timbe and Kisala trimmed the squad with defender Habib Kavuma (KCCA), goalie Lukwago Charles (Proline), midfielder Isaac Muleme (SC Villa), the youthful goalie Watenga Ismail (Vipers), defender Malunda Musa (Vipers), midfielder Sentamu Siraje (Entebbe FC), striker Sekisambu Erias (URA), and Bul-Bidco’s defender cum midfielder, Sempala Hashim not able to continue training with the rest of the team.
However, the curious case of first-choice left back Habib Kavuma who received a 77th minute sending off during Uganda’s last group game against Gabon in the 1-2 loss in the 2011 CHAN tournament in Khartoum, Sudan had earlier on sent shock waves in the FUFA corridors considering they had ignorantly summoned him and thus would face a related punishment like when Ethiopia used suspended midfielder Minyahile Beyene in the 2014 World Cup Qualification match against Botswana on June 8 and they were docked of 3 points they had collected from that fateful match.
SC Victoria University forward Anthony Bongole and Vipers’ Ceaser Okhuti have been ruled out with injuries while URA centre-back Joseph Owino is out due to domestic problems.
Meanwhile, the 25 players left in camp have intensified the battle for shirts with no one showing signs of dropping out for the other despite the intensity that the coaches have introduced into the trainings.
They include; Goal Keepers Muwonge Hamza (Vipers), Kimera Ali (SC VU, defenders Wadada Nicholas (Sc Vipers), Guma Denis (Sc Vu), Magombe Hakim (Bul Fc), Kasaaga Richard (Kiira Young Fc), Mukisa Yusuf (Proline), Malinga Richard (KCC Fc), Kawooya Fahad (KCC Fc), Kisalita Ayub (Villa), Midfielders Ntege Ivan (KCC), Birungi Micheal (KCC FC), Nkumbi Brian (Kiira Young), Majwega Brian (KCC FC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (KCC FC), Mpande Joseph (Vipers), Muganga Ronald (Sc Villa), Owen Kasule (URA), Kyeyune Said (URA), Ali Feni (URA) and Frank Kalanda (URA) and forwards Edema Patrick (Sc Vu), Wadri William (Proline), Herman Wasswa (KCC) and Tonny Odur (KCC).
Relatedly Uganda will on Tuesday July 9 play Iraq in an international friendly in Erbil City, 325 km north of Baghdad.
“We have secured a friendly against Iraq and it will take care of the preparations for CHAN. FUFA will take care of the expenses together with the Iraq federation,” FUFA CEO Edgar Watson confirmed this afternoon.
It is the second time Uganda will be playing Iraq in a friendly in Baghdad after the first one in 2010 when Uganda won 2-1 away.
The Cranes team will play Iraq on Tuesday and fly direct to Dar es Salam for the CHAN fixture.
The winner after the two legs will automatically qualify for the 2014 CHAN competition to be staged in South Africa. After change of rules by CAF to have three teams represent every region the winner between Rwanda and Ethiopia and the Burundi-Sudan ties will also qualify for the showpiece meant for home based players.