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AFCON U20 Zonal Qualifiers: 33 players named for Uganda Hippos duty

Uganda U20 national team (Hippos) has been summoned ahead of the AFCON U20 Zonal Qualifiers 2022 in Sudan. A total of 33 players have been summoned. The tournament will kickoff on 28th October to 11th November 2022.

Four foreign based players led by Greece based midfielder Isma Mugulusi have made the squad.

The other three are US based right back Unegbu Shemen Orakwue, Tuma Basil Tenywa (in United Kingdom) and Nsambu Lioyd Tendo (France).

Ivan Asaba, Andrew Kawooya, Wabyona Faisal, Ssenyondwa Denis Kaala and Mugulusi are the only products from the previous team that reached the AFCON U20 Final in Mauritania in 2021.

While some players like Ibrahim Juma, Issa Bugembe, Shamuran Kamya and Oscar Mawa have graduated from the U17 (Cubs).

The Hippos under Morley Byekwaso won the Zonal Qualifiers championship in Tanzania in 2020 to book a place at the final tournament in 2021 in Mauritania, reaching the finals before losing 2-0 against Ghana.

Byekwaso will continue to handle the team as head coach. However, heavy club schedules will not allow him to join immediately. His assistant Simeon Masaba will be the acting coach in the absence of Byekwaso.

The team will enter camp at the Cranes Paradise hotel, Kisasi on Wednesday 12th 2022.

Goalkeepers

Abdu Magada-Gaddafi FC, Kamya Shamulan-Bright Stars FC , Nsumba Venacious- Wakiso Giants FC, Ssenyondwa Denis Kaala- URA FC

Defenders

Opiru Justine- URA FC, Bugembe Issa- Bright Stars FC, Mpanga Sula- Maroons FC, Unegbu Shemen Orakwue- Houston Dynamo FC, USA, Ibrahim Juma- KCCA FC, Jimmy Ndalambi- Blacks Power FC, Samson Kasozi-UPDF FC, Ronald Madoi- Wakiso Giants FC, Mukisa Simon- UPDF FC, Nsambu Lloyd Tendo- FC Metz Academy,

Midfielders

Mayanja Saidi-KCCA FC, Allan Kiggundu- BUL FC, Katongole Frank-St Mary’s Kitende, Mugulusi Isma- Makedonikos FC, Greece, Nyanzi Marvin- Wakiso Giants FC, Andrew Kawooya- KCCA FC, Wabyoona Faisal- KCCA FC, Thomas Kakaire- Mbarara City FC, Mutebi Hakim- St Mary’s Kitende, Umar Lutalo- SC Villa, Muhammad Nsereko- SC Villa, Kasinde Ibrahim- Bright Stars FC, Asaba Ivan- Vipers SC, Tuma Basil Tenywa- Reading FC, UK, Lukwago Haruna -KCCA FC 

Attackers

Kyeyune Abbas- UPDF FC, Emmanuel Mukisa- Kataka FC, Iddi Abdulwahid- Unattached, Oscar Mawa- Unattached

Team Officials:

Simeon Masaba (Acting Head coach)

Kiberu Mubarak-Goalkeeping coach

Gumisiriza Michael-Team Doctor

Team Manager- Mutyaba Bashir

Ronnie Lusulire-Team Media Officer

NoahKasule Babadi-Trainer

Bumpemje Frank- Kitsman

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