Ezra Bida was the surprise omission as coach Matia Lule named in Uganda’s final squad travelling to face Seychelles in the first round of the 2015 African Under-17 Championship qualifiers on Saturday.
The striker who emerged MVP at the Airtel Rising Stars regional tournament in Arua last month misses out after not undergoing the Magnetic Resonance Imaging(MRI Scan).The scan as mandated by Caf, is required before any player features in the tournament games to curb rampant use of overage players.
“His MRI results were not submitted to Caf in time for the game after being added to the list late,” explained Lule after Tuesday evening’s final training session at the Njeru artificial turf.
Uganda is returning to the championships after missing out on the last two campaigns through suspension for fielding an over age player.The squad was, however, boosted by the arrival of attacker Luwalo Kipper who joined the team on Tuesday from Canada.
Meanwhile, Stephen Bongomin, Muhammed Shaban and the exciting Frank Tumwesigye all took part in the Tuesday evening session after missing Monday’s sessions because of injuries.“Those slight injuries were expected as the players get used to the surface that will be similar to that of the Saturday game,” explained Lule.
Lule also named the versatile Andrew Okiring as the team’s captain.The youngster, despite playing at right back also impressed scoring twice in their 6-0 final warm up rout of Big League side Jinja Arsenal on Sunday.
The team was expected to fly out early this morning for Seychelles via Nairobi for the Saturday game that will be played at the Unity Stadium Mahe.
Travelling squadGoalkeepers: Eric Kibowa, Edward KasibanteDefenders: Andrew Isiagi, Alex Komakech, , Joel Jangeyambe, , Julius Poloto, Pius Obuya, Bashir Asiku, Samuel NemeyimanaMidfielders: Frank Tumwesigye, Stephen Bongomin, Badru Nsubuga, Musa MukalaziStrikers: Imran Mpaata, Emmanuel Olinga , Kipper Luwalo, Charles Sebutinde, Muhammed Shaban
SOURCE: Daily Monitor