Uganda name squad to face Ghana, confirm Basena to remain manager

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Uganda has named a 35-man provisional squad for their crunch 2018 World Cup qualifier against Ghana next month.

Influential midfielders Tony Mawejje and Geoffrey Kizito make their return after missing the Cranes’ double-header against Egypt.

The team will be without Khalid Aucho and Murushid Juuko, however, as both players serve a one-match suspension for collective bookings.

Meanwhile, Uganda’s football association also confirmed that manager Moses Basena would remain in charge for the team’s remaining two qualifiers.

Basena took over following the resignation of Serbian tactician Milutin Sredojovic, affectionately known as “Micho.”

Micho was credited for turning the Cranes’ fortunes around after decades of futility.

The match is slated for Oct. 7 at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Kampala.

A win would be a significant boost for Uganda’s World Cup hopes and would officially eliminate Ghana from contention.

It would also guarantee that Africa’s Group E would come down to the final matchday in November.

Ghana, meanwhile, face a must-win. The Black Stars would also need Egypt to slip-up and fail to beat Congo the following day in order to maintain its hopes of reaching next year’s finals in Russia.

If Uganda fails to beat Ghana and Egypt beats Congo in Alexandria, the Pharaohs would book their first World Cup finals appearance since 1990.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango, Benjamin Ochan, Isma Watenga, Tom Ikara

Defenders: Denis Iguma, Nicholas Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Muleme, Isaac Isinde, Bernard Muwanga, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Timothy Awany

Midfielders: Tony Mawejje, Geoffrey Kizito, Muzamir Mutyaba, Tom Masiko, Ivan Ntege, Luwagga Kizito

Forwards: Milton Karisa, Joseph Ochaya, Emmanuel Okwi, Farouk Miya, Idrisa Lubega, Derrick Nsibambi, Nelson Senkatuka, Geoffrey Serunkuma, Shafiq Kagimu, Paul Mucureezi, Gadaffi Gardinho, John Adriko, Fred Okot, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Tadeo Lwanga

 

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