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Micho summons Okwi, Kiiza in Cranes squad

Simba defender Joseph Owino, who seems to have put injury woes behind him, is also back in the Uganda Cranes squad, which is expected to kick off preparations on May 7 with a residential double session at Mandela National Stadium.

The trio are among 35 players who will represent Uganda in the upcoming 2015 AFCON qualifier against Madagascar on May 17.

Notable exclusion in the team include Azam striker Brian Umony, who is out injured. The former Rwanda and Young Africans coach Micho believes the squad has what it takes to end Uganda’s 37-year wait of qualifying for the Nations Cup.

Micho said he named a slightly bigger squad because the qualifying matches are not going to be played on official FIFA dates and does not want to take chances with some of the players who might be stopped because of club engagements.

“The national team goes beyond political or religious boundaries and I would like to thank the administrators, the fans, sponsors and the government who have supported the team all these years despite the team failing to qualify,” Micho was quoted as saying by New Vision of Uganda.

“We have selected 35 players who we believe can do the job and we are going to try and ensure we get exactly what we want from them; we shall do all it takes to make our people happy.

“We believe we have all the experience and quality to achieve what the country wants in the best way possible.”

On the inclusion of midfielder Hassan Wasswa, who has gone for over three months without playing because of issues with his club KCCA, Micho said he has invited him to the squad because he is an important player who will be called on during the campaign.

“Wasswa, Andy Mwesigwa, Tonny Mawejje, Denis Onyango, Geoffrey Massa are the backbone of this team and their experience will be very crucial in this campaign,” Micho said.

“We have invited him because of clear sporting reasons to prepare him for the challenge in front of us, if he satisfies us he will be involved; we believe he has the abilities to serve this team, and we don’t want to be dragged into the politics involving his absence with his club,” h e added.

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