visit http://csanz.edu.au/wp-content/plugins/widgetkit/widgets/gallery/gallery.php geneva;”>Accordingly, a provisional 21-man squad including 3 foreign based players was last week summoned to prepare for the 2015 African U-17 Championship first leg qualifying match against Seychelles set for June 14 in Victoria.
According to the team coach and former super league side Express FC’s Matia Lule, the boys have are capable of finishing off their counterparts from Seychelles when the two teams meet on Saturday.
“These are highly talented players who have passed through the tanks in underage competitions such as Copa Coca Cola and Airtel Rising Stars so they are up to the task,” Lule told Chimpsport.
The boys include among others US-based midfielder Andrew Okiring, who was the kingpin for his Carlisle College soccer team last season, as well as Kenya based strikers Emmanuel Olinga and Imran Mpata who are expected to boost Lule’s side.
Last Saturday, all the players were subjected to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans at Kampala International Hospital to ascertain their ages and eligibility to participate in the tournament.
Previously in 2010, Uganda was banned from the same competition for fielding an ineligible player when Ivan Ntege was found out to have been over age.
The team has now been trimmed to 18 players and are set to depart in the wee-hours of Thursday for Seychelles before the game on Sunday.
U-17 Full squad;
Edward Kasibante (Bukalagi SS), Eric Kibowa (Budo SS);
Alex Komakech ( St Juliana), Charles Ssebutinde (Bukumi), Samuel Kato (Budo SS), Bashir Asiku (Lisa Standard Lugazi);
Andrew Okiring (Carlisle, USA); Musa Mukalazi (Busunju Real College), Joel Yembe (St Juliana), Frank Tumwesigye (Kakungulu Memorial), Badru Nsubuga ( Janan SS), Stephen Bongomin, Kipp Lualo (Layibi SS), Pius Obuya (Lisa Standard Nansana)
Julius Poloto (Kasawo SS), Emmanuel Olinga (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Imran Mpata (Nairobi College), Muhammad Shaban (Arua Public)