Uganda U17 National Team (Uganda Cubs) has Kick-started preparations for the forthcoming AFCON U17 Zonal Qualifiers for the CECAFA Region.
The tournament will be held in Ethiopia due 30th September to 15th October 2022.
Team Uganda entered camp at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru under the stewardship of coach Hamza Lutalo who will be assisted by Brian Ssenyondo.
FUFA stated that the Preliminary Squad is undergoing training and mandatory exercises before a final squad is named for further sessions.
The team is mainly composed of players selected from the various Youth Competitions; USSSA Football Championships held in Arua and Lira, CAF Pan African Schools Championship and players already in the FUFA Youth players database system.
The players will then undergo various medical tests including MRI, collection of data and passport processing before FUFA release the final squad.
Besides Uganda and hosts Ethiopia, a couple of CECAFA nations including Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia are expected to take part.
The top two teams (finalists) will qualify for the 2023 AFCON U17 final that will be held in Algeria.
The four semifinalists in Algeria will book tickets to the FIFA U17 World Cup in Peru as CAF representatives.
Uganda made debut at the AFCON U17 in 2019 tournament held in Tanzania where they were stopped at Group Stages.
They qualified for the 2021 tourney in Morocco but it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Uganda Cub Technical Team – Lutalo Hamzah (Head Coach), Ssenyondo Brian (Assistant Coach), Kiberu Mubarak (Goalkeeping Coach), Masaba Simeon (Fitness Coach), Gumisiriza Michael Kamu (Team Doctor), Mutyaba Bashir (Team manager), Damba Veron (Kits Manager), Kivumbi Joel Cornelius (Media officer)