Afcon 2017: Uganda keep faith with goal-shy Massa

Geofrey Massa
Geofrey Massa will hope to rediscover his touch in front of goal in Gabon

Uganda skipper Geofrey Massa has been included in the final squad for the Africa Cup of Nations despite his misfiring form.

Cranes coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic has kept faith with the striker, who has not scored for club or country for almost eight months.

Goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan and Muzamil Mutyaba did not make the cut.

But Timothy Dennis Awany and Muhammed Shaban were included for their hard work and fighting spirit.

Uganda will be making a return to the finals after 39 years and will be based in Port-Gentil alongside Ghana, Mali and Egypt.

"We shall continue working hard and fine tuning the team ahead of the tournament," Sredojevic told BBC.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Salim Jamal (Al Merrikh, Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Saint George, Ethiopia), Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa)

Defenders: Timothy Dennis Awany (KCCA, Uganda), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA), Shafiq Batambuze (Tusker, Kenya), Denis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), Isaac Isinde (Unattached), Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), Nicholas Wadada (Vipers, Uganda)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Baroka, South Africa), Mike Azira (Colorado Rapids, USA), Geoffrey Kizito (Than Quang Ninh, Vietnam), William Luwagga Kizito (Rio Ave, Portugal), Tony Mawejje (Thotur, Iceland), Hassan Wasswa (Nijmeh, Lebabon), Moses Oloya (Hanoi T and T, Vietnam), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya)

Strikers: Geoffrey Massa (Baroka, South Africa), Faruku Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium), Yunus Sentamu (Ilves, Finland), Geoffrey Sserunkuma (KCCA, Uganda), Muhammed Shaban (Onduparaka, Uganda)

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