It is every footballer’s dream to put on his national team jersey and represent his nation’s colour and heritage. And to many, the number of national team caps represents how successful their career was.
In the same context, Vipers SC’s new signing Fahad Bayo is on cloud nine after he finally got his divine prayers answered by being named on the Uganda Cranes 25- man provisional squad that will face Kenya in an International friendly slated for, 8th September, 2019 in Nairobi.
After a one-year lock out from the national team, Bayo has every right to feel rejuvenated. His last summon came in March last year, as he made his national team debut in the friendlies against Sao Tome and Malawi.
After signing for the Venoms from Zambian outfit Buildcon FC earlier last month, the pacy striker took no time to impress, bagging a brace on his debut against KCCA FC in the Pilsner Super 8 finals before registering an assist during their 3-1 win against Bright Star in their opening game of the league.
On his signing for Vipers, the hardworking striker had set up his personal targets one of them being scoring goals in double figures in the 2019/2020 season as well as returning to the national team.
“My target is to score as many goals as possible. This therefore means I must score in double figures because I want to return to the Cranes,” Bayo was quoted saying.
As he is still hunting for his first goal in the Star Times Uganda Premier League, the 21-year-old striker has already been inducted into the Uganda Cranes setup ahead of a tight schedule accompanied by African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying tie against Burundi, as well as 2021 AFCON Campaign that starts in November when Cranes take on Burkina Faso and Malawi.
Cranes 25-man squad
Goalkeepers: Onyango Denis (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Odongkara Robert (Horoya AC, Guinea), Mutakubwa Joel (Kyetume FC)
Defenders: Willa Paul (Vipers SC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Ochaya Joseph (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Awany Timothy ( FC Ashdod, Israel), Juuko Murushid (Wydad Casablanca, Morocco), Revita John (KCCA FC), Mujuzi Mustafa (Proline FC), Lwaliwa Halid (Vipers SC)
Midfielders: Kasozi Nicholas ( KCCA FC), Lwanga Tadeo ( Tanta FC, Egypt), Lumala Abdu (Pyramids FC, Egypt), Kizito Luwagga ( (Shaktar Karagandy, Kazakhstan), Miya Faruku ( Konyaspor, Turkey), Kyambadde Allan ( El Gouna FC, Egypt), Kayiwa Allan ( Vipers SC), Aucho Khalid (El Miskir FC, Egypt), Okello Alan (KCCA FC), Mutyaba Muzamir ( KCCA FC)
Strikers: Okwi Emmanuel (Al Ittihad, Egypt), Kaddu Patrick (RS Berkane), Bayo Fahad (Vipers SC)