Cecafa U-20 Challenge Cup
2019 CECAFA U-20 Championship: Coach Byekwaso Summons 30 for CECAFA championships. Photo/Uganda Radio Network

2019 CECAFA U-20 Championship: KCCA FC assistant coach Morley Byekwaso Summons 30 players for CECAFA championships

KCCA FC assistant coach Morley Byekwaso has been assigned to coach the national U-20 team for the CECAFA championships that will be hosted by Uganda starting September 21st to 5th October this year.

Byekwaso will be assisted by the Under 17 coach Hamza Lutalo and Stephen Kiggundu as the goalkeeping coach.

The 2019 CECEFA U-20 Challenge Cup will take place from 21 September – 5 October 2019 in Uganda. It was originally expected to take place on January 2019.

Meanwhile, FUFA also released a list of 30 players from which Byekwaso will choose final participants for the championships.

The core of the team is built on the triumphant team that qualified for AFCON U-17 in Tanzania.

Uganda U-20 squad for the CECAFA championships

Goalkeepers: Denis Otim (Mbarara FC), Jack Komakech (Football For Good Academy), Mutwalib Magolofa (Vipers SC Junior Team)

Defenders: Azizi Abdu Kayondo (Vipers Sports Club), Robert Kitabalwa (St Mary’s Kitende), Gavin Kizito Mugweri (Sports Club Villa Jogoo), Derrick Kiggundu (Buddo SS), Musa Ramathan (KCCA FC), Kenneth Ssemakula (Busoga United FC), Kevin Ssekimbegga (Express FC Junior Team), Justine Opiro (KCCA FC Soccer Academy)

Midfielders: Turkey-based youngster, Thomas Kakaire who plays for Alanya Spor in Turkey made the squad together with Abdul Karim Watambala (Vipers & St Mary’s Kitende), Hassan Ssenyonjo (Wakiso Giants), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Ashraf Zzizinga (Kampala Junior Team), Steven Sserwadda (KCCA FC), Davis Ssekajja (Bright Stars FC), Saidi Mayanja (Edgars Youth Programme), William Sseguya (Kampala Junior Team), Joseph Kafumbe (KCCA FC), Andrew Kawooya (Vipers SC Junior Team).

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Strikers: Charles Lwanga (SC Villa Jogoo), Ivan Asaba (Vipers SC Junior Team), Sadam Masereka (BUL FC), Sadat Anaku (KCCA FC), Ivan Bogere (Proline FC), Frank Ssebufu (Buddo SS), Isma Mugulusi (Busoga United FC) and Najib Yiga (Vipers Sports Team).

Uganda U-20 Technical Team

Head Coach: Morley Byekwaso

Assistant Coach: Hamuza Lutalo

Goalkeeping Coach: Steven “Billy” Kiggundu

Team coordinator: Bashir Mutyaba

Fitness Trainer: Arthur Kyesimira

Team Doctor: Mable Kabatalindwa

Equipment Manager: Sam Mulondo

The team that will be led by Morley Byekwaso is currently training at the FUFA Technical Center in Njeru as they await to kick start the tournament.

The CECAFA team led by long-serving general secretary Nicholas Musonye will soon arrive in the country to inspect the proposed facilities in Gulu, Kampala, and Buganda that will be used for the championship.

Pece Stadium (Gulu), StarTimes Stadium Lugogo (Kampala) and the Buikwe based FUFA Technical Center (Buganda) is the proposed playgrounds that will be used.

By John Dalton Kigozi