The Uganda National U-17 football team squad has been narrowed to 35 players as the team progresses with its preparations.
The team is preparing for the forthcoming AFCON CECAFA Zonal U17 qualifiers in Rwanda.
Under the stewardship of Head coach Hamza Lutalo, the players have now spent a week in residential training at both IUIU campus Kabojja, and FUFA Technical Center in Njeru.
The team will continue with camp at FUFA Technical Center for another fortnight before travelling to Rwanda where the Qualifiers tournament will be held from.
The squad will be further reduced to 20 players before the final submission to CECAFA is made.
We are targeting opening game – Lutalo
According to Lutalo, the team was reduced as earlier as possible so that they can prepare well for the opening game of the tournament.
‘We took a decision to reduce the number this early because we are against time. Mostly we took preference for defensive and offensive,” Lutalo said before adding.
“Those not selected will be followed at their respective clubs during the Juniors league.”
“Now we need to focus on those staying in camp so that we work on our targets before the opening match,” he added.
Uganda is placed in group B with Ethiopia and Kenya, hosts Rwanda, Eritrea and South Sudan are in group A.
Meanwhile group C composes of Sudan, Djibouti and Tanzania.
The best two teams will make it to the AFCON U-17 Finals in Morocco.
Players in the camp:
Walter Chandia, Mwebe Henry, Oryoth Norman Rukari, Humphrey, Mukisa Daniel, Magada Abdul
Mulema Vincent, Waswaga Shafic, Juma Ibrahim, Enock Luyima, Gover Peter, Madoi Ronald, Ssebulime Pius, Mukisa Simon
Irinimbabazi Ivan, Mukiibi Yasin, Bawunda David, Opaala Edwin, Mutyaba Travis, Mudiba Samir, Elvis Muwonge Kalisa, Sekibengo Godfrey, Bugembe Issa, Kifumba Faizo, Mawa Oscar, Odongo Allan, Kigundu Allan, Kyeyune Abasi, Basil Tenywa, Magogo Shafik, Christopher Nyongesa, Opio Alex, Mubiru Hassan, Jumbe Fahad