Egypt v Uganda (5.30pm)
Line up: Denis Onyango, Nicholas Wadada, Isaac Isinde, Andy Mwesigwa, Godfrey Walusimbi, Hassan Wasswa, Denis Guma, Tonny Mawejje, Martin Mutumba, Emma Okwi, Geoffrey Massa.
Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojovic has said he will reprimand players who abscond from national duty when invited.
Micho said last night during an interview at the Sheraton Miramar Resort in Egypt that he will not tolerate players who fail to honour call-ups while giving unconvincing excuses.
The Cranes face six-time Africa champions Egypt in an International friendly game this afternoon at the El Gouna Stadium.
“This game is meant to prepare us better for the crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Senegal next month and I needed to have all players here,” said Micho.
The Serb-born coach said the Vietnam-based players Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito and Moses Oloya, who had earlier confirmed availability for the Egypt game and even had their tickets booked, will have to convince him or face some form of punishment.
“We would have brought other young players who will be on the 2014 CHAN team instead of wasting time sending to them tickets,” a bitter Micho said.
About the friendly game against Egypt, Micho said it will help them get in touch with high level international football.
“We shall not cry about some players missing, but we shall use this match as a step forward as we plan for big games ahead of us,” added the coach.
He said the game will help him make judgments on what to change ahead of the Senegal game.
“I am very happy that most of my defenders and strikers are here and this will give me proper insight ahead of the Senegal game,” he added.
Micho, who also claimed that his side will not approach the game defensively, challenged all the players to prove their fitness levels ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Senegal.
“I want every player here to show me passion and determination, he added. According to the rules of the friendly that will be watched by only 10,000 fans due to security reasons, both sides will be allowed to make six substitutions.
Egypt coach Bob Bradley said: “I watched Uganda’s game against Angola they played recently and I know they have a do or die game against Senegal, so the friendly means a lot to them.”
The Cranes are second in Group J behind Senegal by a point. They need an outright win on September 7 to join the likes of Egypt in the last phase of the qualifiers.