AFCON Qualifiers: McKinstry in first test as Cranes seek positive result in Ouagadougou

first_imgMcKinstry (3rd from left) took over from Sebastien Desabre. (PHOTOS/File)Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers-Group BBurkina Faso vs UgandaStade du 4 Auot, Ouagadougou Wednesday, 13-11-2019 @10pmUganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry will make his competitive bow on Wednesday night when his team takes on Burkina Faso in their opening Group B Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers on Wednesday night.McKinstry took over after Sebastien Desabre agreed to terminate his contract in the wake of Uganda’s elimination at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.The North Irishman is now two months into the job and his first assessment will come after the game on Wednesday.He has oversaw a 1-0 international friendly victory away to Ethiopia last month, his only interaction in terms of a match, with the senior squad.Uganda arrived in Ouagadougou at around mid-day on Tuesday and are understood to have held a training session at 10pm (EAT).They are attempting to reach a third successive AFCON tournament, after doing so in 2017 and 2019.The Cranes have been training since Sunday and all seems to be ok in camp.The only set-back was the injury to Swedish-based defender Ronald Mikiibi, one that forced him to pull out of the squad.However, with upto 18 players from the squad that featured in Egypt a few months ago, the Cranes are expected to put up a strong performance away to Burkina Faso and probably pick a positive result.The squad features 18 players from the one that featured at AFCON 2019.For Burkina, they are attempting to return to the AFCON finals after failing to qualify for the 2019 edition.For a side that has enjoyed two top two finishes in their last three appearances, the 2019 disappointment could not have gone down well for them and they will be eager to put the record straight, starting with a positive result at home.Head coach Kamou Malo has named a strong and experienced team from which he will name those that will do battle on the pitch. Jonathan Pitroipa, Aristide Bance, Charles Kabore and Betrand Traore have all been included.This will be the 7th meeting between the two sides since 2004. The last time Burkina Faso hosted Uganda, Pitroipa scored the only goal-from the spot as the hosts ran out 1-0 victors.Both sides will return to action on the weekend with Uganda hosting Malawi on Sunday while the Stallions will be away to South Sudan on the same day.Uganda Cranes squad in OuagadougouDennis Onyango, Robert Odongkara, Charles Lukwago, Isaac Muleme, Joseph Ochaya, Murushid Jjuuko, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Halid Lwaliwa, Khalid Aucho, Tadeo Lwanga, Nicholas Kasozi, Allan Okello, Allan Kyambadde, Farouk Miya, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Fahad Bayo, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Bevis Mugabi, Timothy Denis Awany, Michael Azira, William Kizito Luwagga, Patrick Henry Kaddu, Alexis BbakkaComments Tags: AFCON 2021 QualifiersAlexis Bbakkaallan kyambaddeallan okelloAristide BanceBetrand TraoreBevis MugabiBurkina FasoCharles Kaborecharles lukwagoDennis OnyangoEmmanuel Arnold OkwiFahad BayoFarouk MiyaHalid lwaliwaHassan Wasswa MawandaIsaac MulemeJohnathan McKinstryJonathan PitroipaJoseph OchayaKhalid AuchoKumou MaloMichael AziraMurushid Jjuukonicholas kasoziNico Wakiro WadadaPatrick Henry KadduRobert OdongkaraRonald Mukiibitadeo lwangaTimothy Denis AwanyUganda CranesWilliam Kizito Luwaggalast_img read more

Indian Man Loses U.S. Citizenship, Becomes First Case of Denaturalization Under Trump

first_imgA naturalized American citizen of Indian origin is the first person to be stripped of his citizenship under the Donald Trump administration that is on a mission to deport illegal immigrants. The Indian man, Baljinder Singh, received citizenship fraudulently, according to the authorities.Singh, a 43-year-old resident of Carteret, New Jersey, had married a U.S. citizen and received citizenship in 2006. His status has now been reverted to be a green card holder and that makes him open to deportation based on the Department of Homeland Security’s discretion, the Justice Department said.According to the petition filed by the Department of Justice in September 2017, Singh had concealed prior orders of exclusion and his deportation that were passed against him, and assumed a different identity that was used for naturalization in his citizenship application.“Singh’s denaturalization is the first arising out of a growing body of cases referred to the Department of Justice by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as part of Operation Janus,” the Department of Justice said in a statement.“The defendant exploited our immigration system and unlawfully secured the ultimate immigration benefit of naturalization, which undermines both the nation’s security and our lawful immigration system,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “The Justice Department will continue to use every tool to protect the integrity of our nation’s immigration system, including the use of civil denaturalization.”Singh had come to San Francisco in 1991 without travel documents or proof of identity. He said his name was Davinder Singh. He was ordered to be deported in January 1992 after he missed exclusion proceedings. In February 1992, he filed for asylum under the name of Baljinder Singh, which he then abandoned after getting married. He had said that he entered the United States without inspection.Two cases of individuals from Pakistan were also brought to the court under Operation Janus, which was launched to investigate cases where citizenship was obtained despite faulty documentation. “A Department of Homeland Security initiative, Operation Janus identified about 315,000 cases where some fingerprint data was missing from the centralized digital fingerprint repository. Among those cases, some may have sought to circumvent criminal record and other background checks in the naturalization process. These cases are the result of an ongoing collaboration between the two departments to investigate and seek denaturalization proceedings against those who obtained citizenship unlawfully,” the Justice Department statement said. Related ItemsGreen CardIndian AmericanUnited Stateslast_img read more