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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 August, 2004, 10:19 GMT 11:19 UK
Kitamirike eyes Dutch move
Ugandan-born Joel Kitamirike
Ugandan-born Joel Kitamirike is on trial in Holland
Ugandan-born defender Joel Kitamirike has gone on trial at Dutch club Willem II Tilburg after being released by Chelsea at the end of the season.

Kitamirike, the subject of repeated on-off efforts to play for the Cranes in their World Cup qualifying campaign, is set to play a friendly match for the Dutch club this week.

The 20-year-old made just one senior appearance for Chelsea and spent the bulk of last season on loan at Brentford.

The right-footed defender was offered to Brentford on a permanent basis but the English League One side (the former second division) side did not take up the option.

In June, Kitamirike travelled back to Uganda hoping to play for Uganda in their first 2006 World Cup qualifier against the DR Congo but because he is a British citizen could not be granted a Ugandan passport because the east African country does not allow dual nationality.

The bid to get Kitamirike to play for Uganda even went up to ministerial level but in the end Uganda have had to do without him because the defender does not want to give up his British passport.

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