Fahad Bayo is the latest to arrive in Uganda Cranes camp at Cranes paradise hotel in Kisasi as the team gears up for the forthcoming 2023 AFCON Qualifiers.
The Israel-based striker jetted in Tuesday late in the night and is expected to lead the line against Algeria and Niger on June 4 and 8 in that order.
Bayo, who scored on his debut against Malawi in the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers, will hope to find his scoring boots for the Cranes after scoring just one goal for his club Bnei Sakhin in 10 league matches he managed to play last season.
Fahad Bayo already in the country having arrived late on Tuesday night
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Muleme Isaac (Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Rep), Ramathan Musa (Cincinnati USA) and Miya Farouk (Lviv Ukraine) are the other non-local based players in camp.
The three newly added UK-based trio of Ibra Sekajja (Dulwich Harmlet FC) and Odokonyero Nathan (Bognor Regis FC) and Tirhys Luknyomoi (AFC Port Chester FC) are with the team ahead of their evaluation.
Micho said of the three: “The players were invited because they had a wonderful season in their respective clubs in England. But having in mind that they are not at the highest level of competition, we want to make in comparison between themselves and our locally based players.
“If someone comes from England and is better than locally based players, of course they succeed to be in the travelling squad that will travel to Algeria and playing against Niger.
However in the same moment I need to say that we are happy that they are having desire to play for Uganda.
“However this is not enough they need to come and prove their qualities in comparison with the rest of the players we shall who is best of the best.”
Captain Emmanuel Okwi and Mutyaba Muzamiru are expected to arrive as “soon as possible” after playing their last game on Sunday.
Timothy Awany from Israel and Ethiopian based goalkeeper Charles Lukwago are also supposed to join in this week.
“We also have players that are playing over the weekend that we shall keenly follow and will also join us soon,” Micho added.
In a bid to acclimatise to the North African weather, the Cranes is set for a four days camp in North Africa.
Notably, KCCA FC striker Sadat Anaku is yet to arrive in the team camp.
Information reaching this website indicates that Vipers striker Yunus Sentamu also shunned a late call from coach Micho to join the team after he was initially ignored.