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    They Will Call Me If They Need Me – Aucho Not Stressing Over Missing On Uganda Cranes List To Face S.Africa…

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    Khalid Aucho

    Uganda Cranes midfielder Khalid Aucho has revealed that he is not having sleepless nights over being snubbed by interim coach Abdallah Mubiru in the latest team call up for national duties.

    Mubiru on Wednesday named a widely locally based 34-man provisional squad to face the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in an international friendly slated for June 10, 2021, and Aucho among a few other senior players like Salim Jamal and Joseph Ochaya were notably missing.

    Only ten foreign players have been summoned including Emmanuel Okwi who will captain the team, Mustafa Kizza, Allan Okello, Moses Waiswa, Elvis Bwomono, Abdu Lumala, Patrick Kaddu and Taddeo Lwanga.

    “I am very sure the recruiting team know exactly what they are doing, depending on their plans. They have the right to select who they want. If they had wanted me, they would have selected me,” Aucho told Football 257.

    “I am not even saddened at all. Besides, it is also not a must that I have to be summoned everytime, Uganda has many players,” the midfielder further expressed.

    The outspoken footballer who has been on the Ugandan national team for over ten years (since 2013) is however confident that the technical team knows his capabilities well and if needed, he will surely be called upon in the near future.

    Ugandan soccer fans who enjoy Aucho’s hardtackling approach only hope to see him playing for Uganda again, as it is now getting long since since he last represented Uganda.

    Aucho’s last outing with the Cranes was quite forgettable.

    On 20th November, 2020, Aucho was red carded two minutes before a Tito Okello goal saw Uganda Cranes suffer a set-back in the TOTAL AFCON 2021 qualification campaign, losing 1-0 to South Sudan during a group B duel at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.

    The events after were more disastrous, Aucho was suspended by FUFA over indiscipline, and Uganda’s AFCON dream would days on be shattered in Malawi.

    However, FUFA stated that they would not hesitate to give midfielder Aucho another chance to don the national team colors as a Cranes player, only on condition that he would humble himself.

    World Cup qualifiers are up next for the Cranes in a few months time, and until then, Aucho might be called upon to serve but as for now, all he is doing is giving his all for his Egyptian club Misr Lel Makkasa SC.

    Full List: The Uganda Cranes Squad to face South Africa

    Goalkeepers: Ismail Watenga (Chippa United), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Simon Tamale (Bright Stars FC), Mathias Kigonya (Azam FC)

    Defenders: Elvis Bwomono (Southend United FC), Innocent Wafula (Mbarara City FC), Paul Willa (Vipers SC), Mustafa Kizza (Montreal Impact FC), Aziiz Kayondo (Vipers SC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Murshid Juuko (Express FC), Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa), Kenneth Ssemakula (BUL FC),Paul Patrick Mbowa (URA FC), Enock Walusimbi (Express FC), Muhamud Hassan (Police FC)

    Midfielders: Taddeo Lwanga (Simba SC), Moses Waiswa Ndhondi (SuperSport United FC), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC), Ivan Sserubiri (URA FC), Bright Anukani (KCCA FC), Shafik Kagimu (URA FC), Ismail Mugulusi (Busoga United FC), Steven Serwaradda (KCCA FC), Abdu Lumala (Pyramids FC), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers SC), Joseph Akandwanaho (Bright Stars FC)

    Forwards: Emmanuel Okwi (Ittihad Alexandria FC), Richard Basangwa (Vipers SC), Patrick Kaddu (Youssoufia Berrechid), Derrick Kakooza (Police FC), Yunus Ssentamu ( Vipers SC), Eric Kambale (Express FC), Allan Okello ( AC Paradou)

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    FUFA Bans All Fans From Stadiums!…

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    Nelson Mandela Memorial Stadium-Namboole

    FUFA has issued Circular number 1136 directing all clubs not to admit fans to the stadiums until further notice.

    The communication signed off by the FUFA Deputy CEO-Football Decolas Kiiza was issued on Thursday 3rd June 2021.

    The circular addressed to FUFA Members, Special Interest Groups of FUFA and Stakeholders reads;

    As you are all aware according to statistics from the Ministry of Health there is an upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases as well as deaths in Uganda.

    FUFA had earlier allowed up to 200 fans to watch FUFA organised and FUFA authorized competitions with strong adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). This is no longer tenable in the current situation.

    Therefore, in order to ensure the Health and Safety of players, Technical staff and all stakeholders, all matches shall be played without spectators or fans until further notice.

    “As we wind up the 1st Division, 2nd Division and the Uganda Cup there shall be no fans in the stadiums,” FUFA emphasised, encouraging teams to limit all other authorized personnel to the bear minimum.

    As per the warning, SOPs must be strictly observed and COVID-19 vaccination enhanced by football officials and players throughout the country.

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    Mukwala Joins Cranes Camp!…

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    URA striker Steven Mukwala has been summoned to the Cranes camp

    URA FC striker Steven Mukwala has joined the Uganda Cranes camp after a late call up by interim coach Abdallah Mubiru.

    The summoned squad of 34 players is preparing for an international friendly match against Bafana Bafana slated for 10th June 2021 in South Africa.

    Mukwala now joins three other tax collectors in the Cranes camp including his club captain Shafik Kagimu, Patrick Mbowa and Ivan Sserubiri to bring the number to four.

    URA’s number nine has so far had 20 goal involvements in 24 league appearances this season. Second, on the top scorers’ chart with only two goals less, Mukwala has scored 14 goals and assisted up to six times.

    The striker has already surpassed his last season’s tally where he scored 13 goals in 21 games hence finishing as the league’s top scorer of the 2019/20 season. The season was abandoned after 25 games due to the emergence of the Covid19 pandemic.

    The 21-year-old joins Mubiru’s side outfit hugely dominated by young players mostly featuring in the domestic league, while others make their debut appearances on the National team.

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    Fred Kajoba Deserts Vipers SC After Argument With His Boss…

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    Fred Kajoba

    Fred Kajoba has definitely left his role as head coach of Vipers Sports.

    According to local sports website Footbal256, Kajoba decided to end his relationship with Vipers SC after the club’s technical director Charles Masembe asked him to decide between Vipers and the Uganda Cranes.

    “When I went for our afternoon training session at Vipers, Mr. Masembe called me in his office and asked me to choose between Vipers and Uganda,” Kajoba told Football256.

    “Without thinking twice, I told him I choose Uganda, when Vipers hired me I was working with the Uganda Cranes and I will always choose the Cranes any day over any club job.”

    “So I have resigned from the job, I have said my good byes to the players and I am leaving the premises now,” Kajoba added as he left St Mary’s Stadium.

    Apparently, Kajoba at the expense of Vipers’ training had earlier today been part of the Cranes training at the MTN Omondi Stadium Lugogo as the side commenced preparations for their June 10th friendly with South Africa in Johannesburg.

    Trouble ensued there, provided that there is less than 48 hours to Viper’s Stanbic Uganda Cup quarterfinal return leg against SC Villa at the Military barracks in Bombo.

    Kajoba joined Vipers midway the 2019/2020 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season and led them to their fourth title much as the season was cancelled with five games to.

    It is not yet clear whether Kajoba leaves with his trusted right hand man Paul Kiwanuka or the latter will stay to see Vipers through the reminder of the season together with Francis Mugerwa and goalkeeping coach Ibrahim Mugisha.

    Before his resignation, Vipers were third on the Premier League log on 56 points, two points behind log leaders Express and one point behind second placed URA.

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