By Brian Bariyo Tumuramye
Kampala: Vipers trio Bobosi Byaruhanga, Aziz Kayondo and Najib Yiga have been included on the Uganda U20 Hippos travelling squad for the upcoming Total CAF U-20 Zonal Qualification tourney (CECAFA U20 Championship).
The trio were subject to a war of words between Vipers head coach Fred Kajoba and Hippos coach Morley Byekwaso.
The latter demanded that the players be released back to the club for their preparations for the CAF Champions League qualifier against Al-Hilal.
But the requests fell on deaf ears as Byekwaso has decided to include them on his squad that will travel for the tournament due in Arusha, Tanzania between November 23 – December 6.
Singer Bebe Cool’s son Alpha Thierry Ssali also makes the final Hippos squad. The midfielder has been training with the team and was involved in all their build games against KCCA and the U17 side where he impressed the coaches.
On the other hand, Ivan Asaba has been included after overcoming an ankle sprain he picked up during one of the test matches.
Defender Gavin Kizito also makes the squad after recovering from malaria together with Ismail Mugulusi who has also had to shake off a muscle problem.
Only two goalkeepers have made the final squad including Jack Komakech and Denis Ssenyondwa Kaala.
There is no place on the team for Police FC forward Derrick Kakooza who has been surprisingly left out together with KCCA midfielder Andrew Kawooya.
Mbarara City’s Ivan Eyam, Sunday Opio, Robert Kitabalwa, Wilber Wamala, Jamal Masiko and Umar Lutalo are also dropped.
The Uganda U-20 team is expected to set off on Friday November 20, to Tanzania where the CECAFA tournament is set to kick off on November 23.
The CECAFA U20 qualifiers will see 11 countries competing; Uganda is in group B together with Burundi, Eritrea and South Sudan.
Hosts Tanzania were placed in group A with Somalia, Rwanda and Djibouti, while Ethiopia plays in group C with Kenya and Sudan.
Goalkeepers: Jack Komakech and Denis Ssenyondwa Kaala
Defenders: Richard Bbosa, Abdu Aziizi Kayondo, Musa Ramathan, Gavin Kizito Mugweri, Kenneth Ssemakula, Joseph Kafumbe
Midfielders: Isma Mugulusi, Steven Sserwadda, Joseph Kizza Bukenya, Ivan Asaba, Yiga Najib, Ashiraf Mulindi, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Alpha Thierry Ssali
Forwards: Ivan Bogere, Richard Basangwa, Faisal Wabyoona, Raymond Onyai
Head Coach: Morley Byekwaso