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Okwi To Captain Uganda Against South Africa

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) confirmed that Emmanuel Okwi will captain Uganda Cranes in an international friendly match against South Africa.

The clash is set for Orlando Stadium on 10 June from 18h00 Central African Time.

Okwi, arguably Uganda’s most reliable player at the moment has been handed the captain’s armband following the retirement of Denis Onyango.

The 28-year-old attacker, Okwi, who’s previously featured for Uganda Premier League side SC Villa is among the most experienced players in the squad with 82 caps and 26 goals.

Despite Okwi’s presence, Uganda Cranes will be missing a number of key players including Sudan-based Salim Jamal Magoola, Nico Wakiro Wadada who plies his trade in Tanzania, plus Faruku Miya who turns for Turkish side Konyaspor.

South Africa squad has some star-studded names in their line-up including Brighton & Hove Albion’s Pacy Tau and Keagan Dolly who plies his trade in France at Montpellier.

Uganda will start preparation for the friendly clash on Monday morning May 31, 2021 at MTN Stadium and they will camp at Cranes Paradise Hotel in Kisaasi.

Full Cranes Squad:

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

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

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

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

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