Uganda have left most of their stars out of the provisional squad for Cosafa Cup, with the selection made up entirely of locally-based players.
The Cranes are set to make their debut at the tournament as guests, starting the campaign in the quarterfinal stage.
The preliminary team has 34 players and will be trimmed down to the required 22 players ahead of the tournament. Some of the notable names in the squad include Uganda’s Footballer of the Year Moses Waiswa as well as highly-rated forward Bashir Mutanda.
Stand-in coach, Abdallah Mubiru, will take charge of the team in the absence of Sébastien Desabre who will be overseeing the Afcon preparations with the A-squad.
Uganda preliminary squad:
Goalkeepers: Keni Saidi, Charles Lukwago, James Alitho.
Defenders: Jack Komakech, Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, John Revita, Paul Mbowa, Isaac Isinde, Hassan Musana, Fillibert Obenchan, Timothy Awanyi, Halid Lwaliwa, Mustafa Mujuzi.
Midfielders: Ivan Eyamu, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Shafik Kagimu, Nicholas Kasozi, Juma Sadam Ibrahim, Tadeo Lwanga, Allan Okello, David Owori, Anukani Bright, Moses Waiswa.
Forwards: Bashir Mutanda, Paul Mucuurezi, Nelson Senkatuka, Allan Kayiwa, Daniel Muzeyi Serunkuma, Michael Birungi Komunda, Allan Kyambadde, Juma Balinya, Patrick Henry Kaddu, Joel Madondo.