Top Five: Uganda Cranes who could move this window

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  1. Khalid Aucho Uganda 2021.
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    Which players will move?

    With the World Cup qualifying matches lined up for September, a number of players will require playing time to be assured of keeping their place in the Uganda national team squad. Below, Goal lists some of the stars who are tipped to look for new challenges in the ongoing transfer window.

  2. Ramadan Sobhi of Egypt evades challenge from Joseph Ochaya.
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    Joseph Ochaya - Tout Puissant Mazembe

    The 27-year-old has enjoyed great success at five-time African champions TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, having clinched three straight top-flight titles since he joined them from Zambia’s Lusaka Dynamos in 2018.

    Ochaya was the key player for the side last campaign as he provided an assist to help Mazembe beat Maniema 1-0 to be crowned champions, a record 18th title, and finished the season with two goals and eight assists. With such success already achieved at the club, he could seek another challenge.

  3. Emmanuel Okwi of Uganda
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    Emmanuel Okwi - Al Itihadd

    The new Cranes captain is not having a good time in Egypt where he turns out for Ittihad of Alexandria, after recent reports revealed his disappearance from the team’s camp following their vital 2-1 victory against Ismaily SC in the Egyptian Premier League.

    With former club Simba SC of Tanzania reportedly interested in his services, the 28-year-old, who for the first time captained the Cranes in their 3-2 defeat to South Africa on June 10 after taking the armband from retired Denis Onyango, could jump at the opportunity to play for the Msimbazi giants again.

  4. Allan Okello of Uganda challenged by Denwin Farmer of South Africa.
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    Allan Okello - Paradou AC

    The 21-year-old was the star player for KCCA FC in the Ugandan Premier League before he made his first professional move outside the East African country by signing for Algerian side Paradou AC in January 2020.

    However, after scoring on his debut in the Algerian Cup against Bayaf in February last year, the youngster has struggled to break into the starting XI and on many occasions has been warming the bench.

    It is a decision that can prompt a transfer move in search of playing time to help keep his place in the Cranes squad.

  5. Khalid Aucho of Uganda challenged by Henri Saivet of Senegal.
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    Khalid Aucho - Misr Lel Makkasa SC

    Last July, Aucho was in the headlines seeking to terminate his contract with Egyptian club Misr Lel Makkasa SC, a side he had signed for in July 2019 as a free agent after a short spell at Indian Churchill Brothers FC, citing unpaid arrears.

    The former Gor Mahia midfielder is already attracting the attention of Simba, who are keen to strengthen their squad in readiness for next season’s Caf Champions League, and the 27-year-old could fancy the transfer which could see him link up with another Ugandan player Taddeo Lwanga.

  6. Patrick Kaddu of Uganda challenged by Teenage Hadebe of Zimbabwe.
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    Patrick Kaddu - Youssoufia Berrechid

    From RS Berkane to Ismaily and now Youssoufia Berrechid, Kaddu is yet to settle well and concentrate his play for one team for the past two seasons, and this will likely affect his position in the national team.

    The 25-year-old, who featured for Maroons FC and KCCA in Uganda, is set to end his current loan spell at the Moroccan club on July 31 and he should seize the opportunity to get a permanent deal elsewhere which will be a step forward for his long-term stay with the Cranes squad.