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AFCON 2021 Qualifiers: Uganda vs South Sudan; Cranes commence training, experienced Mawejje elated upon return

AFCON 2021 Qualifiers (Group B):

Thursday 12th November 2020:

Match Day 3: Uganda Vs South Sudan- St Mary’s Stadium Kitende (4 pm)

Tuesday, 17th November 2020:

Match Day 4: South Sudan Vs Uganda- Nairobi  (4 pm)

The Uganda Cranes team composed of twenty two local players started preparations ahead of the AFCON 2021 Qualifiers double encounter against South Sudan.

 The team conducted a single session on Monday evening at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.

Head coach Johnathan McKinstry, his assistants Abdallah Mubiru, Charles Livingstone Mbabazi and physical fitness trainer Alex McCarthy all attended the lively session.

Vastly experienced midfielder Tonny Mawejje

Amongst those who trained is experienced midfield gem Tony Mawejje. 

It is nearly three years since Tony Mawejje last donned the Uganda Cranes Jersey.

 The midfield dynamo could hardly conceal his elation after receiving the news of his summon for the national team to prepare for the AFCON 2021 Qualifiers double header against South Sudan.

 In an interview with, Mawejje said that it’s always a matter of time when one is prepared. 

I am glad that I have returned to the National team setup. It seems a surprise to many but I expected it. I am in the best shape to deliver like before. My role is to train,  follow instructions and the technical team does the selection. My vast experience with the national team has to create an impact‘ Mawejje disclosed.

L-R: Charles Livingstone Mbabazi, Murushid Jjuuko and Tonny Mawejje during the work outs at StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo

Mawejje made his Cranes debut in 2008 in a 3-1 defeat to Mauritius away from home and last featured for the Uganda cranes on 25th January 2017 against Mali in AFCON.  

Meanwhile, the Uganda Cranes resume training on Tuesday, 3rd November 2020 between 4 PM – 5 PM.

Players in camp:

Goalkeepers: Alionzi Nafian (URA FC), Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Mutakubwa Joel (Kyetume FC)

Defenders: Ndahiro Derrick (SC Villa), Galiwango Disan (Vipers SC), Willa Paul (Vipers SC), Mandela Ashraf (URA), Iguma Denis (KCCA FC), Kato Samuel ( (KCCA FC), Juuko Murushid (Express FC), Lwaliwa Halid (Vipers SC), Mbowa  Patrick ( URA FC)

Midfielders: Mawejje Tony (Police FC), Kyeyune Saidi (URA FC), Kagimu Shafiq (URA FC), Watambala Karim (Vipers SC), Owori David ( Sc Villa), Anukani Bright (KCCA FC)

Forwards: Oriti Ibrahim (Vipers Sc), Karisa Milton (Vipers SC), Mukwala Stephen (URA FC), Ahebwa Brian (KCCA FC)

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