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Karisa out, Lwaliwa returns as Cranes face Togo

  • African Nations Championship (CHAN)
  • Friday, January 22
  • Uganda vs Togo – 10:00pm (EAT),Stade de la Reunification – Douala

Halid Lwaliwa has been declared fit to face Togo in Uganda Cranes second game at CHAN 2020 after missing the goalless draw against Rwanda.

The team captain revealed his availability in the pre-match press conference on Thursday ahead of the game Uganda must win to enlighten chances of playing in the quarter finals.

“I am back and training well. The decision to select me for the game is in the hands of the coach,” Lwaliwa told the pre-match press conference.

“However I am fit and ready to play. Our character that brought us to the CAHN Finals is still vibrant and intact. We shall stick to that as a team to get results. We didn’t get what we desired for on Monday but we also know that we must improve.”

However, the game comes too early for injured Milton Karisa who was hauled off 14 minutes into the game against Rwanda.

“It is unfortunate that Karisa had to come out early in that game where we had a bright start against Rwanda,” said McKinstry. “He had a good run during the Mini Tournament in Doula. The Medical team has done a wonderful job and will monitor the situation in the next few days.”

“As we welcome back our captain Halid Lwaliwa, it is unfortunate that Karisa will not be available for selection on Friday. The medical team will keep assessing his fitness levels and report back. We shall miss him but it is an opportunity for others to step in and show what they can do.”

Brian Aheebwa is the most likely to start in the place of Karisa in attack but it remains to be seen who will pave way for Lwaliwa at the heart of defence.

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