With barely three days to go until the first leg of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers doubleheader against South Sudan, the Cranes have already set camp at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

Amongst the residents happens to be two familiar faces as far as the URA FC team perspective goes. Patrick Mbowa and our captain Shafik Kagimu.

The national head coach Johnathan McKinstry and his technical team spent the majority of last week at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo mainly handling a group of 22-local based players. 

This list had six URA FC players namely: Alionzi Nafian (Goalkeeper), Ashraf Mandela (Defender), Patrick Mbowa (Defender), Saidi Kyeyune (Midfielder), Kagimu Shafik (Midfielder), and Mukwala Steven (Forward).

Alionzi Nafian at full stretch in the Uganda cranes training.

The local based group has since been trimmed to just seven who are now added to the foreign based players who are expected to join camp soon.

The list for locally based players that were to join the foreign based players as the country prepares for the double header against South Sudan was named on the 7th of this very month.

Amongst the seven shortlisted players, Patrick Mbowa and Kagimu Shafik happen to take part. 

Mukwala Steven training with the cranes last week.

What do they add to the team


An experienced centre-half whose abilities have never been in question. He will add alot of experience and maturity when offered an opportunity to play.

His aerial presence is also something of great importance and will therefore help the team dominate the second balls more often than not.

He is quite good on the ball and solid as a centre-back. That just about complements his work both defensively and offensively.


Given the level of quality competition in the position where he plays, one needs to up their game and most importantly, turn up for the party when given an opportunity.

This is something you can’t ask of a better person than Shafik. He has the right attitude for a player and he is very ambitious.

He is a player very good on the ball in the offensive sense and therefore adds a lot to the team granted an opportunity.

Shafik Kagimu during the Cranes training.

Congratulations boys and keep the flame burning………………………

November 9, 2020