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The Knowledge: Cranes players to feature in more than 2 Africa Cup of Nations finals

Seruwagi Mukasa of Luzira asks: Bwana Zziwa, I thank you for the great job you’re doing, informing us about the past footballers. I beg to know if there’s a Ugandan footballer who featured in more than two Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Thanks Bwana Seruwagi, five players played in three tournaments in different years. Polly Ouma featured in the 1968 (Ethiopia), 1976 (Ethiopia) and 1978 (Ghana). Jimmy Kirunda played in 1974 (Egypt), 1976 (Ethiopia) and 1978 (Ghana).

Others are: Ashe Mukasa – 1974 (Egypt), 1976 (Ethiopia) and 1978 (Ghana), Phillip Omondi – 1974 (Egypt), 1976 (Ethiopia) and 1978 (Ghana), Eddie Ssemwanga – 1974 (Egypt), 1976 (Ethiopia) and 1978 (Ghana).

J. Murungi [jmurungi@krcug.org] says: Thank you Hassan for always profiling our legendary footballers. I am waiting for profiles of Kefa Kisala, Zazaka Lingaya, Joseph Mutyaba, Davis Odowa... et al.

I wish all our current generation journalists were as astute in researching as you are. You remind me of tenacious guys like Ogen Kevin Aliro (RIP) and Keneth Matovu(RIP)
Keep the good work.

Thanks too for being a regular reader of The Observer sports in particular. As I always say, there are hundreds of former players outside. My humble request is for you to just be patient: I will profile your favourite player(s).

Paul Otto of Mbuya says, I request you to profile players who were based in Entebbe. For your information, this area produced many players such as Ibrahim Dafala, Charles Masembe, Edward Sekisaka and Kirungi. And, lastly, how can I trace Charles Ssimbwa, the former SC Villa and Express FC goalkeeper?

Paul, if you had read one of our previous issues, you wouldn’t have missed the article about Dafala and in this issue I have also profiled Ismail Kirungi.

Swaib Magala of City House Kampala says, I read in the media about Uganda Cranes starting line-up against Burundi in the ongoing Nile Basin tournament in Egypt, but I saw some strange names on the Cranes list. Can you tell me the clubs those players feature for?

The match was played on January 5, 2011. The line-up was as follows: Hamza Muwonge (Bunamwaya), Simon Masaba (URA), Jimmy Mukubya (URA), Edward Ssali (Bunamwaya), Habib Kavuma (Bunamwaya), Owen Kasule (Bunamwaya), Manko Kaweesa (URA), Noah Semakula (Express), Dan Wagaluka (URA), Brian Majwega (KCC) and Patrick Edema (Proline).

Reserves: Godfrey Wakabu (KCC), Derick Walulya (URA), Bruno Olobo (KCC), Ibrahim Saddam Juma (Bunamwaya), Mike Mutyaba (Bunamwaya) and Anthony Bongole (Proline).

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