Uganda coach Micho Sredojevic admits the Cranes will miss their three experienced stars but is confident the available players to will do the job.
The Cranesnowin Bamako,Mali are traveling to Nouakchott, Mauritania for Sunday’s 2015 Nations Cup second leg pre-qualifier without their most experienced striker Geoffrey Massa, number one choice goalkeeper Dennis Onyango and tricky midfielder Moses Oloya.
Massa, scorer of Uganda’s second goal against Mauritania after Brian Majwega had given Cranes a 48th minute lead at Namboole close to two weeks ago, and Onyango (Bidvest Wits) have been ruled out because of their clubs’ engagements.
Midfielder Moses Oloya is also out after his Vietnamese side Sai Gon insisted they needed him for their crucial championship game this weekend.
Under Fifa rules, clubs are not obliged to release players for national duty if outside designated international days, which these preliminary games are.
Micho is, however, confident the players available will do the job. “We cannot cry for spilled milk,” he said, adding, “We will miss them (the trio) but I am confident the players available will play well and will get the desired result.”
Robert Odongkara is expected to replace Onyango while returning Tonny Mawejje and Khalid Aucho are good cover for Oloya. Daniel Sserunkuma could replace Massa.