Nine KCCA FC players have been named on the 25 man Uganda Cranes squad that will play in the CHAN tournament in Morocco this month.

The players are Benjamin Ochan, Kizza Mustapha, Isaac Muleme, Timothy Awany, Paul Mucureezi, Saddam Ibrahim Juma, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Shaban Muhammad and Derrick Nsibambi.


Striker Derrick Nsibambi is joined by teammates Timothy Awany (L) and Allan Kateregga (R) as he celebrates one of four goals at the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup

Kizza Mustapha and Shaban Mohammed were part of the U20 Cranes side that took part in the just concluded COSAFA tournament in Zambia last month, while Muleme, Awany, Ochan, Mucureezi, Saddam, Mutyaba and Nsibambi where part of the senior Cranes side that participated in CECAFA last month which were hosted in Kenya. Derrick Nsibambi and Shaban Mohammed Shaban rich vein of form getting the National sides 4 goals apiece in the CECAFA and COSAFA U20 tournaments respectively.


Muhammad Shaban of Uganda celebrates his goal during the 2017 COSAFA U20 football match between Uganda and Swaziland at Arthur Davies Stadium, Kitwe on 8 December 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

The contingent set off for Morocco on Wednesday afternoon and will play two friendly matches before the start of the tournament with Zambia on 6th January and Congo on 9th June in Rabat City.
There after the 25 man squad will be trimmed to 23 as the rules of the tournament demand.

The tournament will run from 13th January to 4th February 2018. Uganda is seeded in group B alongside Ivory Coast, Zambia and Namibia.

Uganda Cranes fixtures.
Zambia – 14th January (Marrakech)
Namibia – 18th January (Marrakech)
Ivory Coast – 22nd January. (Marrakech)