Uganda Cranes striker Emmanuel Okwi is doubtful for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Angola after twisting his ankle on Wednesday evening.
Okwi was just recovering from a thigh muscle strain sustained against Liberia last weekend when he hurt his ankle in a collision with defender Savio Kavubo in training.
“He will be assessed by doctors today to see how serious the injury is,” Fred Katende, the Cranes media manager, told SuperSport.com on Thursday morning.
Okwi’s injury setback is a huge blow to coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic and Cranes. Okwi scored in the 1-1 draw with Angol last June and created Tonny Mawejje’s goal in the 1-0 victory over Liberia over Liberia.
Should the Etoile du Sahel striker fail to recover in time, Micho will look to Gor Mahia attacker Daniel Sserunkuma, Yanga’s Hamis Kiiza and St George’s Robert Ssentongo for Geoffrey Massa’s partner upfront.
Uganda must beat Angola and Senegal away in September to progress to the next round of qualifiers.
The Cranes lie second on five points, one behind leaders Senegal. Liberia and Angola are ties on four.