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Bevis Mugabi, Uche Ikpeazu pull out of Cranes squad


Defender Bevis Mugabi and striker Uchechukwu Ikpeazu Mubiru will not take part in the upcoming Uganda Cranes FIFA 2026 World Cup Qualifiers against Botswana and Algeria.

Mugabi who plies his trade at Motherwell FC in Scotland notified Uganda Cranes coach Paul Put that he will not be available for the games slated for next month.

On the other hand Ikpeazu confirmed to the coach that he has health challenges and will not be in line to make his long awaited debut.

The communication was made official on Wednesday in a press conference held at FUFA Complex and addressed by FUFA EXecutive Committee Member and Executive Secretary in charge of Marketing and Communications Rogers Byamukama

Coach Put has consequently summoned BUL FC defender Ronald Otti to fill the void left by Mugabi while Nelson Ssenkatuka from Soltilo Bright Stars FC has replaced Mubiru.

Uganda Cranes squad will enter residential camp on Thursday, 30th May 2024 at Cranes Paradise Hotel in Kisasi. All locally based players will join camp tomorrow.

Halidi Lwaliwa, Nafian Alionzi, Timothy Awany and Isima Watenga who are already in the country will be the first foreign based players to join camp (Thursday Morning).

Italy based defender Elio Capradossi will arrive in Uganda on Thursday at 11am and head straight to camp.

The first training session willl start on Friday 31st May 2024 (4:30PM EAT) at Mandela National Stadium (Outside Pitch).

Uganda will take on Botswana on 7th June 2024 and Algeria on 10th June 2024 with both games kicking off at 7:00PM EAT at Mandela National Stadium.

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