Mawejje, Kalungi out of Zambia friendly

Tony Mawejje~2US-based defender Henry Kalungi and midfielder Tony Mawejje will miss the Uganda Cranes’ international friendly against Zambia on March 5th in Ndola. Mujib Kasule, the FA’s vice president in charge of the league and chairman of the technical committee, confirmed to that the two players will not be part of the team. “Kalungi applied for a South Africa visa and cannot travel because he has not received his passport yet and Mawejje, who joined Haugesund FC in Norway recently, is very busy with his new team,” said Kasule. The home-based players are expected to leave later tonight, while the professional players are expected to arrive in Zambia on Monday. In their last meeting at the same Stadium in 2012 in an AFCON qualifier, Zambia won 1-0 before the Cranes won by the same margin in Kampala, and the former African champions won on penalties. “We are going to take this friendly very seriously because it’s the basis of the bigger games we have ahead, especially the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers where we shall start in the preliminaries,” said head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.

The team will also miss the services of three KCCA FC players, Brian Majwega, Tony Odur and Ivan Ntege, who will return to prepare for a return leg of the CAF Champions League tie against Nkana Red Devils on March 8. The two teams drew 2-2 in the first leg in Kitwe on Saturday.Squad: Goalkeepers: Dennis Onyango (Bidvest Wits, South Africa), Robert Odongkara (St.  George, Ethiopia) Defenders: Dennis Iguma (SC Victoria, Uganda), Nicholas Wadada (SC Vipers,Uganda), Isaac Muleme (SC Victoria, Uganda), Isaac Isinde (St. George, Ethiopia), Andrew Mwesigwa (Ordabasy, Khazakstan), Richard Kassaga (Kiira Young, Uganda) Midfielders:  Khalid Aucho (Tusker, Kenya), Geoffrey Kizito (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Moses Oloya (Becamex Binh Duong FC, Vietnam), Sula Matovu (BK Hacken, Sweden) Strikers: Geoffrey Massa (University of Pretoria, South Africa), Emmanuel Okwi (Young Africans, Tanzania), Hamis Kizza (Young Africans, Tanzania), Daniel Sserunkuma (Gor Mahia, Kenya)