Head Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic will have to keep his fingers crossed as there are two injury concerns ahead of Uganda Cranes first leg tie against Madagascar next week in the preliminary round of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.
The Cranes are expected to start preparations today ahead of the game which has been set for May 18th by the Madagascar FA.
“Yes we are aware the game will be played on a Sunday and we must prepare for it. But I have to monitor injured players like Vietnam-based Moses Oloya,” said Sredojevic.
Ethiopian based goalkeeper Robert Odonkara, who was stretched off on Tuesday night while featuring for St. George in the League, will also be another worry.
The much improved goalkeeper, who is rated the best goalkeeper in the Ethiopian League, was in goal when Uganda lost 1-0 to Senegal in their last game of the 2014 World Cup qualifier played in Marakkech, Morocco.
The Cranes will have to be at their best to make sure they pick up an important away draw against the lowly ranked Madagascar. In-case Cranes eject the Island based-team, they will face the winner between Mauritania and Equatorial Guinea.
Tanzanian based striker Hamis Kiiza said on Tuesday evening after watching a local League game at the Philip Omondi Stadium that he is ready to help the team qualify for the group stages.
“Let us first work hard and make it through the preliminary stage before thinking of the group stage,” said the Young Africans FC player.