Uganda Cranes Lineup: Marvin Youngman Handed Competitive Debut


Midfielder Marvin Joseph Youngman has been handed his first competitive start for the Uganda Cranes as Micho names the team to face Algeria.

It’s a big moment for the Bright Stars midfielder whose recent National team exploits started with regional tours before playing at the 2022 Navruz Cup.

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It’s been a rising curve for the former Hima FC player who also featured for Busujju and Bulemeezi in Masaza Cup before joining Bright Stars in October 2020.

He will start in the middle of the park alongside Khalid Aucho as Uganda seek to frustrate Algeria at the July 5 1962 Stadium.

Charles Lukwago. FUFA photo

Charles Lukwago gets the nod in goal, Gavin Kizito and Isaac Muleme are deployed at full back positions while Bevis Mugabi is joined by Halid Lwaliwa in the heart of defence.

Allan Okello, Milton Karisa and Farouk Miya will be expected to feed Emmanuel Okwi up front, in what looks like a safety-first lineup.

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Allan Okello. FUFA photo


Uganda’s last AFCON Qualifiers match was against Malawi on March 29 2021, and only Emmanuel Okwi and Farouk Miya are in the starting XI today from the team that started then.

A couple of players in that team including Denis Onyango Murushid Juuko and Mike Azira have since retired from international football.

Uganda Cranes XI – Charles Lukwago, Gavin Kizito, Isaac Muleme, Halid Lwaliwa, Bevis Mugabi, Khalid Aucho, Joseph Marvin Youngman, Allan Okello, Milton Karisa, Farouk Miya, Emmanuel Okwi



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