Paul Mucureezi’s hapless at the national team continued as he was left out as Cranes interim head coach Abdallah Mubiru named his final 18-man squad that will face Burundi the first leg of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) second round qualifier in Bujumbura on Saturday September 21.
Despite being one of the best performers in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League Premier League for Mbarara City, the 26-year-old former KCCA FC attacker was not considered by Mubiru in the squad that traveled on Thursday morning.
Several spectators of Ugandan football were also left frustrated after receiving the news that Mucureezi was not among the travelling squad, some of them claimed that he was left out because he is in a small club in Mbarara City.
“Mucureezi has been left out because he is in a small club, if he was in a big club like KCCA FC he would be named in the final squad,” a fan said.
He is most remembered for scoring four goals when Uganda Cranes crushed South Sudan 5-1 at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo in the 2018 CHAN qualifiers.
However, Mubiru insists that the chosen players are ready, prepared and determined to produce positive results on Saturday.
“The team is ready, everyone in the team is prepared, determined and committed to giving positive results and performance when we meet Burundi over the weekend,” Mubiru said on Wednesday evening after naming the final squad.
“It gives me courage as a coach because the best you can get from the players is the situation whereby they are ready to give whatever they can for the success of the team,” he added.
After Saturday’s encounter, the two sides will face off again in the second leg encounter on Friday October 18th at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo, the winner on aggregate will confirm their slot in the final tournament.
The final squad:
James Alitho, Charles Lukwago, Halid Lwaliwa, Mustafa Kizza, Paul Willa, John Revita, Paul Patrick Mbowa, Bright Anukani, Nicholas Kasozi, Musitafa Mujuzi, Shafiq Kagimu Kuchi, Allan Okello, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Yusuf Ssozi, Dan Muzeyi Serunkuma, Mike Mutyaba, Fahad Bayo Aziz, Viane Ssekajjugo