Seven dropped as Onen trims U-17 squad to 24 players

The Cubs converge after training (Photo by FUFA Media)

By: David GombeĀ 

Last week the U-17 head coach Peter Onen summoned 32 players to prepare for the CECAFA U-17 Challenge cup to be held in Burundi.
Onen together with technical team have today cut the list to 24 players by dropping seven.

After the morning session at Njeru technical center, Onen confirmed that they have dropped 7 players and will concentrate on the remaining 24 players.

He said,

“Our training as for the preparation for the CECAFA U-17 challenge cup is in high gears. Last week on Friday we summoned 32 players and today the list has been cut short to 24 players.

” We are going to concentrate on remaining players so that we fully prepare them tactically, physically, psychologically and technically to see that they approach the CECAFA tournament in Burundi.”

The following are 7 players who have been dropped;
Matovu Geoffrey ( Bright Stars JT), Timothy Odongo (KCCA SA), Ssemwanga Abdul ( Police armless brigade), Baliddawa Kashim ( KCCA SA), Obira Rogers ( KCCA SA), Arinaitwe Collins ( Kimanya SS), Mukisa Edrine Opoola ( Kirinya Jinja SS JT)

The full list of the 24 players to continue camping at Njeru technical center.

GOALKEEPERS
Oluka George William (Buddo SS),
Nsubuga Farouk ( Masavu JT), Kiberu Ronald (Express SA), Ssemwogerere Daniel (UPDF JT)

DEFENDERS
Rogers John (Onduparaka JT), Musa Jaggwe (Vipers JT), Ibrahim Juma (KCCA SA), Kizito Garvin (Villa SA), Kafumbe Joseph (Buddo SS)

MIDFIELDERS
Ivan Asaba (Vipers JT), Kirya Gerald (Vipers JT), Kakaire Thomas (Vipers JT), Ssebuliba Umar (Masavu JT ), Kawooya Andrew (Proline SA), Ssekajja Davis (Bright stars JT),
Ekellot Ibrahim (Bright stars), Sserwada Steven (Old Kampala SS)

FORWARDS
Iddi Abdul Warid ( Onduparaka JT), Anthony Kent (Onduparaka JT), Mpanga Sula (Vipers JT) Bakabulindi Moses (Vipers JT), Mugisha Rogers (Masavu JT), Mukisa Owen (Bul JT), Muber Jimmy

Uganda is bound to participate in the third edition of the CECAFA U-17 challenge cup with the previous ones coming in 2007 and 2009. The tournament is slated to kick off on 1st April and will end on 15th April 2018 in Bujumbura Burundi.

Burundi and Sudan are the previous winners of the last two editions and the last time Burundi hosted the tournament in 2007, they were crowned champions after defeating Uganda 2-1 in the finals.

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