By Thomas Odongo
Local football governing body FUFA (Federation of Uganda Football Associations) has made changes on the management level of the national football teams (Under 17, Under 20, Under 23 and the senior team - Uganda Cranes).
According to FUFA statement released late on Thursday, the federation’s Emergency Executive Committee took charge of the process and the idea is aimed at re-organizing the management and technical set up of the teams. The changes will be effected very soon.
“FUFA would like to thank the coaches who have played a key role for the Senior and Junior teams during the period they were on duty with the players. The changes will help for continuity purposes, growth and development of players in the categorized National teams,” the statement reads.
Previously, the national men’s football teams have been in four categories but this development will see all the teams divided in two categories: Junior team and senior team. Both sides will be managed by different personnel.
The then senior team: Uganda Cranes and U23 team have been seeded as the new senior team while U17 and U20 form the junior team.
The senior team will be headed by Uganda Cranes Coach Sebastien Desabre assisted by Mathias Lule. The junior team will be under an independent management of a yet to be appointed personnel.
Still on Thursday, FUFA released a 31 man provisional squad for the CECAFA U-20 tournament that kicks off on 14th January 2019.
Uganda’s provisional squad for CECAFA U-20 Tournament
Goalkeepers: Delton Oyo (Kirinya-Jinja S.S Junior Team), Jack Komakech (Ndejje University Junior Team), Daniel Ssemwogerere (Bright Stars Junior Team) and Eric Kaweesi (URA FC Junior Team).
Right Backs: John Rogers (Onduparaka Junior Team), Kevin Ssekimbega (Express Junior Team) and Jonathan Gift Odong (Kakungulu Memorial).
Left Backs: Innocent Opiro (Ndejje University Junior Team) and Ibrahim Juma (KCCA Soccer Academy).
Center backs: Gavin Kizito Mugweri (Vipers Junior Team), Yasin Mukiibi (Kataka) and Samson Kasozi (Bright Stars Junior Team).
Holding Midfielders: Ronnie Ziraba (Express Junior Team), Shafik Waswanga (Ndejje University Junior Team) and Ibrahim Ekellot (KCCA Soccer Academy).
Attacking Midfielders: John Kokas Alou (URA Junior Team), Thomas Kakaire (Bright Stars Junior Team), Polycarp Mwaka (Ndejje University Junior Team) and Andrew Kawooya (Vipers Junior Team).
Wingers: Ivan Asaba (Vipers Junior Team), Yasin Abdul Owane (Vipers Junior Team), Isma Mugulusi (Kirinya-Jinja S.S Junior Team), Derrick Lubega (Express Junior Team) and Owen Mukisa (BUL Junior Team).
Forwards: Iddi Abdul Wahid (Onduparaka Junior Team), Sekajja Davis (Bright Stars FC JT) Najib Yiga (Vipers Junior Team), George Opio (Luzira FC), Rogers Mugisha (Mbarara City Junior Team) and James Jarieko (Paidha Black Angels Junior Team).