Veteran players in Tonny Mawejje, Murushid Juuko, and Denis Iguma are included in the Uganda Cranes squad for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Sudan.
The Northern Irish coach shocked many while naming the provisional squad of 22-local-based players after he recalled the three players.
All the three players are yet to play active football for the past one year.
Iguma only returned from injury, while Mawejje has not played active football since leaving Al-Arabi last year.
Juuko on the other hand only signed for Express FC two weeks ago after a year out without action.
Experience is key
According to the youthful gaffer, the trio has a lot to offer to the squad as far as experience is concerned.
“They are three guys who have huge experience and have played at really high levels of the game.”
“But for some reason, the last nine or ten months have not been as they would have liked them to be,” McKinstry was quoted saying.
“But also for all of them, they have moved categories recently because by signing for a UPL team means they are eligible for Chan.”
“We are going to start preparing for chan around December 14.”
“So, if I wait until then to see Tony Mawejje, Murushid Juuko, and Denis Iguma in our training environment then it is probably late for them,” he noted.
Uganda Cranes is preparing for South Sudan doubleheader tie on November 12 at St Mary’s Stadium Kitende.
The two sides will meet again five days later in Kenya.
Players in camp
Goalkeepers: Alionzi Nafian (URA FC), Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Mutakubwa Joel (Kyetume FC)
Defenders: Ndahiro Derrick (SC Villa), Galiwango Disan (Vipers SC), Willa Paul (Vipers SC), Mandela Ashraf (URA), Iguma Denis (KCCA FC), Kato Samuel (KCCA FC), Juuko Murushid (Express FC), Lwaliwa Halid (Vipers SC), Mbowa Patrick (URA FC)
Midfielders: Mawejje Tony (Police FC), Kyeyune Saidi (URA FC), Kagimu Shafiq (URA FC), Watambala Karim (Vipers SC), Owori David (SC Villa), Anukani Bright (KCCA FC)
Forwards: Oriti Ibrahim (Vipers SC), Karisa Milton (Vipers SC), Mukwala Stephen (URA FC), and Ahebwa Brian (KCCA FC)