Yunus Sentamu Shuns National Team Call Again

Striker Yunus Sentamu is not part of the Uganda Cranes squad flying out for the CHAN Qualifiers despite initial summoning.

Micho had earlier called up Sentamu in the provisional Uganda Cranes squad but the Vipers striker has since ignored the call again.

He had earlier shunned the National team that was preparing for the AFCON Qualifiers, with close sources citing failure to be paid allowances for the Cranes tours.

As the team flies out on Thursday to face Ethiopia in the two Friendlies leading up to Tanzania first leg, Yunus Sentamu is among the six Vipers players out of the roster.

“Yunus Sentamu already communicated in advance that he has private issues and we respect his decision but we hope to consider him in future engagements,” Micho said.

Halid Lwaliwa and Bobosi Byaruhanga, as first reported by The-SportsNation, are not part of the team as well as they seek to secure deals abroad.

Micho stated: “The two are in process of securing visas to go for professional stints but confirmation will be made by their club Vipers.”

Dissan Galiwango, Najib Yiga and Lumala Abdul are the other Vipers players that have not made the final list.

Who else is dropped?

Uganda Cranes players. FUFA photo

Two goalkeepers Richard Anyama (Arua Hill SC) and Emmanuel Kalyowa (BUL FC) have been dropped.

Defenders Najib Fesali (URA FC), Joseph Bright Vuni (Arua Hill SC), Hillary Onek (BUL), Brian Mato (Proline FC), Derrick Ndahiro (URA FC) and George Kaddu (Wakiso Giants FC).

Three midfielders George Kasonko (BUL FC), Titus Ssematimba (Wakiso Giants FC) and Simon Peter Oketch (BUL FC) have also been left out.

The forwards not on the final list are Moses Aliro (Wakiso Giants FC), Rashid Kawawa (Arua Hill SC), Muhammad Shaban (KCCA FC) and Oscar Mawa (SC Villa).

“Additionally, some players had Passport issues and thus could not travel with us but I’m confident the team named will do a good job.” Micho added.

After Ethiopia Friendlies, Uganda Cranes will then depart for Zanzibar on Monday where the team will have an acclimatization camp, play a friendly match on Wednesday before connecting to Tanzania mainland on Friday.

The first leg against Tanzania will be played on Sunday, 28th August in Dar es Salaam while the return leg will happen on 3rd September at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

The winner on aggregate between Uganda and Tanzania will then qualify to the final tournament slated for January next year in Algeria.

Cranes goalkeeper Nafian Alionzi

Travelling Squad

Goalkeepers
Nafian Alionzi (URA FC), Denis Otim (Express FC), Mathias Muwanga (Onduparaka FC)

Defenders
Livingstone Mulondo (Vipers SC), Kenneth Ssemakula (SC Villa), John Revita (KCCA FC), Walter Ochora (BUL FC), Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa), James Begisa (URA FC), Ibrahim Juma (KCCA FC), Derrick Ndahiro (URA FC)

Midfielders
Joseph Marvin Youngman (Vipers SC), Siraje Ssentamu (Vipers SC), Saidi Kyeyune (URA FC), Moses Waiswa (KCCA FC), Isma Mugulusi (Unattached)

Forwards
Milton Karisa (Vipers SC), Travis Mutyaba (SC Villa), Rogers Mato (KCCA FC), Martin Kizza (Express FC), Richard Basangwa (Gaddafi FC), Hakim Kiwanuka (Proline FC)

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