(Key contributor: Reagan Mulekeezi: FUFA FM)
Jackson Mayanja and his men are aspiring to emulate or even better their counterparts who went all the way and finished as finalists of Africa’s biggest under age tournament.
In Mauritania, a Gavin Kizito captained team defied odds and beat Africa’s most feared nations only to lose to Ghana in the finals. Uganda also produced the tournament’s leading scorer as Derrick Kakooza scored 5 goals.
This year under new coach Jackson Mayanja, a new crop of players born after 1st January 2003 are in contention to write their own history.
The former Busoga United academy graduate was part of the national U-17s team that qualified for AFCON that was supposed to be hosted by Morocco. The tournament was unfortunately called off due to COVID.
Magada is currently on th books of Uganda premier league side Gaddafi and started the victory over Tanzania as firs choice goalkeeper.
Another graduate of the U-17 team that qualified for the aforementioned tournament with the likes of Travis Mutyaba and Oscar Mawa.
He played last term on loan at regional league side Impala Hill but he is on the books of Soltilo Bright Stars.
Denis Kaala Senyondwa
The former Super Cubs shot stopper has-been a regular member of all the previous under age teams from U-15s, 17s and now 20s.
Despite his experience, a starting berth has eluded him.
Currently on the books of Uganda premier league side URA FC.
Played at U-17s level with the crop that included the likes of Gavin Kizito and co,he missed out on the squad that went to Mauritania but he has resurfaced.
Currently on the books of URA FC.
One of the most senior members of the squad.
The KCCA academy graduate needs no introduction, he was recently promoted to the national senior team but still qualifies for this tournament. A main stay in all the recent Under national teams and played a huge part in the 2021 AFCON U-17 qualification that was called off.
Currently on the books of Spanish lower division side Leganes CD
The UPDF defender was handed a starting berth in the victory over Tanzania, he has also been a member of the former U-17s team that was captained by Gavin Kizito.
The St. Mary’s Kitende student earned his breakthrough at Wakiso Giants last season following the expulsion of some senior members of the squad.
He was also part of the 2021 AFCON crop.
Another graduate of the 2021 Under 17s crop.
He is currently on the books of Uganda premier league side UPDF FC.
Simon Semayange Kato
The Soltilo Bright Stars roving left back is natural born winner having acquired success with Buddo S.S in the Copa secondary schools championships and also won the Masaza cup with Bulemeezi in 2019.
This will be his first bite at international level Football having joined KCCA FC from Mbale Heroes in the previous transfer window.
He has also featured for regional league side CRO FC.
Currently on the books of Vipers SC, the lanky defender hasn’t featured yet for the senior team but has enjoyed success with the St. Mary’s Kitende school team.
Currently on the books of Uganda premier league side BUL FC, he is also new to national team set ups but has been one of the stars of schools Football with Jinja S.S.
A student at St. Mary’s Kitende, the highly rated deep lying player maker only earned his maiden pro licence this term with Vipers SC.
A starter in Jackson Mayanja’s squad.
The biggest star on team, no wonder he was named captain of this crop. He was a mainstay in Morley Byekwaso’s Mauritania group.
Mugulusi is touted as one of the brightest talents of this generation but his progress has been hampered by injuries.
Recently signed by Greek lower division side Madekikos
The newly signed Wakiso Giants intelligent attacking midfielder did not make the opening day squad which raised some eyebrows but he is one of the biggest prospects of this vibrant group.
Joined the Wakiso based side from Kajjansi United and had tremendous success in the Masaza cup.
The former Big Talent soccer academy midfielder only joined KCCA in recently concluded transfer window.
He was a member of the 2021 Mauritania group that reached the finals of AFCON U-20.
Returns to the national fold after featuring for the U17s three years ago.
He is currently on the books of Big league side Mbarara city.
Bugembe was promoted from the U-17 group that qualified for the botched AFCON 2021 U-17 AFCON that was supposed to be staged by Morocco and later Zambia
He is currently on the books of Uganda premier league side Soltilo Bright Stars.
Another star man of the team.
After earning some cameo call ups to the national senior team, Sematimba has embraced this stage with gusto having scored Uganda’s first goal against Tanzania.
A former star of the Masaza cup with Buddu.
Joined SC Villa in 2021 from Aspire Academy and he is one of the current key members of Jackson Magera’s squad.
The tricky left footed youngster is making his maiden national team appearance.
Completed last season at relegated Tooro United but the fast paced winger will be key in Jackson Mayanja’s squad.
He is back at record league champions SC Villa.
Provider of the assist for Uganda’s second goal against Tanzania, the explosive forward features for Uganda premier league side Soltilo Bright Stars.
Kasinde joined Soltilo Bright Stars from regional league side Kampala University Masaka. He has also featured for Gomba, Ssingo and Busujju in the Masaza cup.
He joined UPDF FC from Kampala Junior team this year.
He was part of the 2021 national U-17s squad but did not travel with the team for the CECAFA qualification tournament in Dar es salaam.
He started the victory against Tanzania.
Scorer of Uganda’s second goal against Tanzania, Mugisha was part of Peter Onen’s U17 squad that qualified for AFCON three years ago.
Graduated from Mbarara city junior team, moved to KJT and a failed stint in Somalia.
Currently on the books of UPDF FC