Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has summoned a squad of 35 players to start preparations for the upcoming 2022 Navruz Cup in Uzbekistan.

The four-nation tournament due 25-29 March, will kick start Uganda Cranes preparations for the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations that will get underway in June this year.

Uganda will seek a return to AFCON having missed the recently concluded edition in Cameroon.

Ukraine-based Farouk Miya and captain Emmanuel Okwi who plies his trade in Rwanda and Egyptian-based Allan Kyambadde have been included in the squad after missing recent engagements for the National team.

Big names like Ismail Watenga, Isaac Muleme, Bevis Mugabi, Timothy Awany, Khalid Aucho, Moses Waiswa, Allan Okello and Fahad Bayo are part of the 35-man provisional squad.

The tournament that will be played in Markaziy Stadium in Namangan City will see Uganda face lesser known teams like Tajikstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgz Republic.

Uganda will also have a couple of internal friendlies before naming a final squad of 23 players to Uzbekistan.

Provisional Squad:

Goalkeepers: Charles Lukwago (St George FC, Ethiopia), Alionzi Nafian (URA FC, Uganda), Isma Watenga (Chippa United FC, South Africa), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA FC, Uganda), Jack Komakech (Vipers SC, Uganda)

Defenders: James Begisa (UPDF FC, Uganda), Hassan Jurua (KCCA FC, Uganda), Isaac Muleme (Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Herbert Achai (KCCA FC, Uganda), Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell FC, Scotland), Timothy Denis Awanyi (Ashdod, Israel), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC, Uganda), Livingstone Mulondo (Vipers SC, Uganda), Fesali Najib (URA FC, Uganda)

Central Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Yanga, Tanzania), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers, Uganda), Steven Sserwadda (Red Bull New York, USA), George Kasonko (BUL, Uganda), Marvin Youngman (Soltilo Bright Stars, Uganda), Moses Waiswa (Supersport United, South Africa)

Attacking Midfielders: Allan Okello (Paradou, Algeria), Martin Kizza (Express FC, Uganda), Najib Yiga (Vipers SC, Uganda), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Faruku Miya (Lviv, Ukraine), Milton Karisa (Vipers SC, Uganda), Rogers Mato (KCCA FC, Uganda)

Forwards: Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Kiyovu FC, Rwanda), Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Mohamed Shaban (Onduparaka FC, Uganda), Fahad Bayo (Bnei Sakhin, Israel), Derrick Kakooza (Walmiera, Latvia), Alfred Leku (Arua Hill SC, Uganda), Yunus Junior Sentamu (Vipers SC, Uganda), Sadat Happy Anaku (KCCA FC, Uganda)


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