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Sekagya earns Uganda call-up

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Ibrahim Sekagya makes his return to Uganda ahead of a Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana.

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With international call-ups, you can settle into a routine.

With the New York Red Bulls, it's Tim Cahill to Australia and Roy Miller to Costa Rica, with Ambroise Oyongo earning a spot with Cameroon, too. On the youth national team level, Santiago Castano and Matt Miazga usually earn spots in United States camps.

But every once in awhile, international soccer with throw you a curve ball, and this week in comes in the form of Ibrahim Sekagya being called into Uganda camp ahead of their Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana.

Sekagya, according to Empire of Soccer and Dave Martinez, hasn't played international soccer since the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

But with Uganda just off the bottom of Group E thanks to a tiebreaking win over Guinea in September, it seems the squad could use his help. As long as Uganda finishes in the top three, they'll move on to the finals, (with the host yet-to-be-determined) so any and all points ahead of a head-to-head match-up with Guinea Nov. 19 would help build a nice cushion.

Sekagya has stepped up as of late, so it's not as if the call-up isn't warranted, but the worry for Red Bulls fans will be his health. Unlike Cahill and Miller, who are out of favor and suspended respectively, Sekagya is starting. Losing him would foist Armando or Damien Perrinelle into the starting XI, which could disrupt the chemistry along a back line that's finally not terrible.

Regardless, it's a big honor to represent your country, and I'm sure Sekagya will enjoy it. All I'm asking is that he comes back in one piece.