May 11, 2014

Massa Out

Uganda striker Goeffrey Massa has been withdrawn from the Cranes squad on the trip to Madagascar for Uganda’s second round qualification tie as the race to the 2015 Morocco Nations Cup gathers pace.131005F_Tk_SwaTuk_SS

He scored a 50th minute goal to ensure his team University of Pretoria left Kees Taljaard Stadium with maximum points on Saturday against Mpumalanga Black Aces but was four minutes later stretchered off.

Massa, who was part of the 35-man squad announced by coach Micho Sredojevi, went for a scan Sunday morning which revealed the severity of the injury. He would be out of action for one to three weeks, ruling him out of the first leg.

Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic
Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic

His place would be taken by Yunus Sentamu who had earlier been ruled out as DRC side AS Vita had decided not to release him because of Champions League duty on the weekend Uganda will be in action.

Micho is also still sweating over the fitness of Ethiopia-based goalkeeper Robert Odongkara. Micho revealed he won’t have to wait until Friday to make a decision on the St George player’s availability like he had initially said because grapevine news says the lanky goalie has made a steady recovery and is expected to travel to Kampala by Monday.

Three others: Tonny Mawejje, Dennis Onyango and Moses Oloya are also still doubts either due to injury or club commitments.

Fortunately, defenders, Joseph Ochaya and Henry Kalungi trained with the rest of the summoned teammates at Nakivubo Stadium on Sunday morning.

Ochaya, who plies his trade with Ghanaian Premier league champions, Asante Kotoko looked lively through out the two hour session whose main focus was ball distribution with limited touches and full backs’ movements on and off the ball.
His counterpart, Kalungi who arrived in the country on Sunday morning never had any time to rest as he headed for training straight away.

Portugese based duo of Alex Kakuba and Luwagga Kizito are also expected to be part of the Monday training as they arrive in Uganda by Sunday night.

The Kenyan based players, Baba Kizito, Dan Sserunkuma and Aucho Khalid will join the rest of the teammates on Tuesday.

Richard Kassaga who suffered a slight knock in training on Wednesday will resume training with the rest of the group on Monday.

Uganda face Madagascar on 18 May in the first leg of the second round tie hoping to return to Kampala with a positive result.

Players in camp
Henry Kalungi (Richmond Kickers – U.S) , Joseph Ochaya (Asante Kotoko- Ghana)Ismail Watenga (Vipers- Uganda), Boban Zirintunsa ( Power Dynamos – Zimbabwe), Emmanuel Okwi (Young Africans-Tanzania), Nasibu Muwanga (Braintree FC- England), Kirizestom Ntambi (An Giang Vietnam), Allan Kyambadde (Express FC – Uganda), Hamis Diego Kizza (Young Africans – Tanzania), Farouq Miya (Vipers-Uganda), Francis Olaki (Soana – Uganda), Nicolas Wadada (Vipers-Uganda) and Hassan Wasswa (KCC FC-Uganda )

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