Defender Fahad Kawooya will skipper KCCA FC when they face El Merreikh in Khartoum, Sudan, this weekend in the first leg tie of the CAF Champions League preliminary round.
“We have selected Kawooya to captain the team because of his good leadership qualities,” said coach George Nsimbe after releasing the names of 18 players who yesterday traveled to Sudan aboard Ethiopian Airways through Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and left the Entebbe International Airport at 5pm.
The talented Kawooya, who has been in and out of the Cranes team, takes over the armband from experienced Hassan Mawanda Wasswa, who still has unresolved issues with the team since absconding for three months while in Vietnam.
Nsimbe told reporters on Wednesday before departure that they are now ready for battle and no one should write them off to get a win in Khartoum.
“Yes we respect El Merreikh because they are an experienced team with several good players. But we are more than determined to do well since we are returning to the Champions League after some time,” added the coach.
The KCCA team will also look to veteran defender Richard Malinga and Cranes players who featured in the recent Africa Nations Championship (CHAN), Brian Majwega and Ivan Ntege.
The Uganda representatives under coach George Best Nsimbe left the country without winger Michael Birungi a.k.a Berbatov for failing a fitness test. It’s believed that the player has been busy with exams at Makerere University and missed the all of last month’s training. KCCA will play Al-Merrikh on Saturday at 8pm.
Players selected: Salim Magoola, Nicholas Ssebwato, Saka Mpiima, Habib Kavuma, Fahad Kawooya, Ibrahim Kiiza, Ronnie Kisekka, Rogers Aloro, Richard Malinga, Ivan Ntege, Tom Matsiko, Steven Bengo, Hakim Ssenkumba, Brian Majwega, Gaddaffi Kiwanuka, Tony Odur, Herman Wasswa, William Wadri.