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AFCON 2021 Qualifiers: We need to fight to qualify for the third time in a row – Okwi

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Uganda Cranes forward Emmanuel Okwi has encouraged his fellow players to do whatever they can to make sure that Uganda qualifies for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Uganda will play host to Burkina Faso on Wednesday 24th March in the second last group B  2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier game at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende before taking on Malawi in the final group fixture four days later.

Emmanuel Okwi attempts to go past defender Garvin Kizito Mugweri in the training

“This is a very massive game, it’s a huge one for everyone. I have been lucky to be part of the previous two editions that we qualified for,” Okwi said before adding.

“It’s always the same, the spirit is always the same, the fight we put up to qualify, it’s never easy we need to fight and make sure we go back.”

“We are prepared as players and ready to fight for the best result against Burkina Faso. The preparations have been smooth; the coaches have done their best to make sure we are in fine shape.”

“It will be very good for us as a nation to have that continuation to qualify for the third time in a row,” he added.

Uganda Cranes squad

Goalkeepers

Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal, Sudan), Charles Lukwago(KCCA FC-Uganda), Kigonya Mathias ( Azam FC- Tanzania)

Defenders

Kizza Mustapha (DC Montreal- USA), Ronald Mukiibi(Ostersunds FK, Sweden), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Timothy Denis Awany (Sport Club Ironi, Ashdod, Israel), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, Democratic Republic of Congo), Lwaliwa Halid (Vipers SC-Uganda), Elvis Bwomono (Southend United, England), Juuko Murushid (Express FC-Uganda), Kizito Mugweri Gavin (SC Villa- Uganda)

Midfielders

Miya Faruku (Konyaspor- Turkey), William Kizito Luwagga (Hapoel Kfar Saba- Israel), Waiswa Moses (SupersportUnited-South Africa), Lwanga Taddeo (Simba SC- Tanzania), Michael Azira (New Mexico United-, USA), Allan Kyambadde (El Gouna, Egypt), Allan Okello (Paradou,Algeria), Lumala Abdu (Pyramids FC- Egypt), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Orit Ibrahim (Vipers SC-Uganda).

Forwards

Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt), Fahad Bayo (Sport Club Ironi Ashdod, Israel), KadduPatrick (Youssoufia Berrechid-Tunisia), Sentamu Yunus (Vipers SC-Uganda), Isiagi Daniel (Jomo Cosmos-South Africa).

 

 

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