Okwi in, Kiiza out of ‘The Cranes’

Kiiza, the 2011 Uganda player of the year, is among three notable absentees in the squad Williamson has summoned for training starting February 20. Kiiza featured in his club’s 3-1 win over Mtibwa Sugar in the Premier League match on Wednesday.

Also missing from the squad, which was announced by Williamson on Wednesday, are pivotal team captain Ibrahim Sekagya and dependable left back Nestroy Kizito. Red Bull Salzburg defender Sekagya has reported injury while club-less Cranes leftback Kizito has requested Williamson to exclude him from the squad because he reportedly needs a rest from the team.

“I have talked to all the players and Sekagya said that he is injured. Kizito has asked for time to rest,” Williamson said this morning. In the absence of Sekagya, Andy Mwesigwa is expected to step in his shoes while Habib Kavuma (APR) and home based Godfrey Walusimbi (Bunamwaya) could take up Kizito’s place. Kizito’s ambitions to join Scottish side St. Mirren hit a snag.

Kizito is a free agent since parting ways with Serbian giants Partizan Belgrade in November 2011. A surprise inclusion on the squad is Sweden based midfielder Martin Mutumba (AIK), who has secured his first call for the Cranes. Mutumba’s inclusion is viewed by pundits as David Obua’s replacement, the Hearts utility player having fallen out with Bobby and the local federation president.

The 26-year-old AIK star is Swedish but that the Ugandan government accepts duo citizenship, making him eligible to feature for the country. “All the passport office demands, except the letter for criminal records, were submitted to the ministry of internal affairs before the player returned to Sweden,” read a statement from local soccer governors Fufa.

“Interpol in Sweden has now issued a statement indicating a clean criminal record for Mutumba and this will be added on his file shortly after receiving it in Kampala,” it added. Uganda play Congo Brazzaville away on February 29 hoping to prevail over the two legs before they can face anyone pooled against them from the ongoing Nations Cup.

Meanwhile, another squad of 23 mainly home based players will start training on Saturday for a friendly against South Sudan on February 16. The match is expected to be part of South Sudan’s celebrations to mark their expected acceptance of their Confederations of African Football (CAF) membership.

The CAF Congress is sitting in Gabon this weekend. Cranes Squad for Congo Brazzaville game: Dennis Onyango, Abel Dhaira, Ali Kimera, Simeon Masaba, Godfrey Walusimbi, Andrew Mwesigwa, Habib Kavuma, Isaac Insinde, Henry Kalungi, Hassan Wasswa, Moses Oloya, Musa Mudde, Mike Mutyaba, Patrick Ochan, Sula Matovu, Tonny Mawejje, Martin Kayongo Mutumba, Dan Wagaluka, Vincent Kayizzi, Mike Sserumaga, Geoffrey Massa, Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Emmanuel Okwi, Brian Umony.

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Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter/Agencies

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