March 20, 2014

Massa To Swap Kampala For Cyprus As Retirement Nears

MassaJust a few weeks before Uganda Cranes embarks on the long and crunch 2015 Morocco Africa Cup of Nations, University of Pretoria striker Geoffrey Massa reveals he is planning to return to the Northern Cyprus not Kampala before hanging his boots.

In August last year, the 28-year-old signed for South African side Amatuks (University of Pretoria) from Yenicam FC in Northern Cyprus.

“I loved my time in Cyprus and the people there love me a lot. I must go back and play in their League before retiring,” Massa said in an interview from Pretoria.

Interestingly the striker said he has always been comfortable playing in Northern Cyprus in a League that is not recognized by FIFA though most Ugandans would have loved to see him finish his career from Kampala where he won the League title with Police FC.

“It is one wonderful place and the Club President of Yenicami FC and the fans are great,” said Massa

Massa has scored 10 goals in 36 appearances for the Cranes and four for his club.

But Massa has not yet kicked a ball more than twice for Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic who took over the national team mid last year.

Micho early in September dropped Massa from the squad to play Senegal in a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier for being unfit.

The Cranes needed a win in the Group J tie to qualify for the play-offs, while a draw was enough for the Teranga Lions who eventually won 1-0 but were stopped by Ivory Coast in the playoffs.

“Massa cannot be part of the team because he is unfit and yet we are going for a big match where we need all players fit,” Micho explained.

“I know Massa has the potential but he has been very unfit – he’s not even created a goal since he last scored against Zambia last year.

“He was very unfit in the friendly against Egypt last month in El Gouna.”

The Serbian coach said that he had given Massa a chance to come and prove his fitness in the 3-1 friendly win over Botswana a week before, but the player did not show-up.

It was a curious situation last month when he didn’t take part in Uganda’s international friendly against former African champions Zambia yet he had been summoned.

It sums up the view of many who have watched Massa with any regularity in recent years. His low returns on the national team and at club level where he last scored in December 2013- Micho will be left red-faced once more.

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