Sserunkuma named in Uganda Cranes squad

Feb 01, 2013

01/02/2013 - Gor Mahia forward Dan Sserunkuma has been named on the Uganda Cranes 22-man squad ahead of training that begins Saturday in preparation for the international friendly against Rwanda on February 6 at Amahoro stadium in Kigali.

Head coach Bobby Williamson who named the squad Friday in Kampala revealed that despite the invitation on short notice by the neighbours, this is a worthy opportunity to prepare the team for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Liberia in Monrovia on March 22.

Williamson’s inclusion of Sserunkuma is encouraging for the striker who was dropped from Uganda's squad for CECAFA last December despite his spectacular performance in the Kenya Premier League.

According to reports, Sserunkuma was injured and when he did not report to training three days towards the start of the tournament, Williamson dropped him from the squad that finally played the regional event.

Scoring 17 goals for K’Ogalo earned him the 'player of the year’.

Sserunkuma had showed interest in featuring for the Kenya Harambee Stars but with this gesture from the Scot manager, there will surely be a chance to make amendments in camp.

Cranes begin training saturday 

The other strikers that have been included on the team are Hamis “Diego” Kiiza (Yanga), Brian Umony (Azam) and Ali Feni (URA) and midfielders Hassan Wasswa (KCCA), Saidi Kyeyune, Mike Sserumaga, Joseph Mpande (Vipers), Michael Birungi (KCCA), Brian Majwega (KCCA), Sam Ssekitto (Simba) and Willy Kavuma (Express).

The defenders include Simeon Massa (URA), Nicholas Wadada (Vipers), Savio Kabugo (Victoria), Denis Guma (Victoria), Fahad Kawooya (KCCA), Habib Kavuma (KCCA) and Fred Kakooza (Simba) while Hamza Muwonge (Vipers), Abel Dhaira (Simba-Tanzania) and Ali Kimera (Victoria) are the goal keepers who have been called for training.

The Uganda Cranes have drawn both their Group J games against Angola and Senegal 1-1 apiece in a bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup that will be hosted in Rio de Janeiro. Placed second, Uganda will be hoping to register an away win in order to stay within qualification status when they face Liberia in Monrovia on March 22.  

Meanwhile, the Rwanda football governing body FERWAFA has revealed that they will cater for all the Uganda Cranes bills ahead of this encounter. 

Kenya will host Libya in Nairobi while Tanzania will host Cameroun in Dar es Salaam on the same day-February 6 which has been highlighted as a day of international friendlies. 


 Usher Komugisha in Kampala

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