By;Thomas Odongo .
Before any major tournament, it is always mandatory for a coach to name his squad. During the weekly press conference held on Wednesday, 21st September 2016 at FUFA house in Mengo, the Uganda Cranes coach, Mulitin Micho Sredojovic named his squad in preparation for the 2018 Russia World cup qualifiers. There will be a football match between Uganda and Ghana on Tuesday, 4th October 2016 in Tamale city, Togo
Before naming his squad Micho congratulated the players that participated in the historic win over Comoros on Sunday, 4th September 2016. Just a few minutes after giving his remarks at the press conference Micho named his 30 man squad comprising of goal keepers, defenders, midfielders and strikers as listed below;
Goal keepers; Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi, South Africa), Salim Jamal (El Merriek, South Sudan), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA, Uganda), Ismail Watenga (Vipers, Uganda).
Defenders; Nicholas Wadada (Vipers, Uganda), Denis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), Joseph Nsubuga (SC Villa, Uganda), Isaac Isinde (Simba, Uganda), Rashid Toha (Onduparaka, Uganda), Timothy Awany (KCCA, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa I(Vipers, Uganda), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA, Uganda), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya).
Midfielders; Mike Azira (Colorado Rapids, USA), Geoffrey Kizito (Than Quong Ninh, Vietnam), Aucho Khalid (Baroka, South Africa), Ivan Ntege (KCCA, Uganda), Moses Oloya (Kuban Krasnodar, Russia), Tonny Mawejje (Knattspynufelagio prottur, Iceland), William Luwagga Kizito (Rio Ave, Portugal), Abdul Malik Vitalis Tabu (SC Villa).
Strikers; Hamis Kizza (Free State Stars, South Africa), Geofrey Masa (Baroka, South Africa), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Sondjerskey, Denmark), Yunus Santa (Iives, Finland),Farouk Miya (Standard Liege, Denmark), Erisa Ssekisambu (Vipers, Uganda), Muhammed Shaban (Onduparaka, Uganda), Edrisa Lubega (Proline, Uganda).
Most of the usual suspects especially those that participated in the historic AFCON qualifier game against Comoros on Sunday, 4th September at Mandela National Stadium like Farouk Miya, Emmanuel Okwi, Geofrey Masa and Denis Onyango saw themselves as Micho’s favourites.
What attracted the attention of local soccer pundits and local football die hard followers was the inclusion of Onduparaka’s defender Rashid Toha and their forward Muhammed Shaban into the Micho’s strong side. In fact if none of Onduparaka’s players was included in the Cranes squad, Micho would be compared to an English football pundit who selects his 2015/2016 best player without picking any player from Leicester City.