2014 World Cup Qualifier group J
Liberia Vs Uganda – 24th March 2013
Uganda Cranes will be without long serving right fullback Simeon Masaba, strikers Hamis Kiiza and Daniel ‘Mzee’ Sserunkuma for the trip to Liberia after the trio were dropped by Coach Bobby Williamson for different reasons.
Masaba who made his Cranes debut ten years ago against Rwanda has been dropped due to poor form that has seen him miss a number of games for URA FC including the double header against Cameroon’s Coton Sport Garua in the 2013 Caf Champions League. The same can be said of Sserunkuma who has so far failed to find the form that saw him win the Kenya Premier League Most Valuable Player award last season. The former Victors and Express FC forward who made his national team debut in a friendly against Rwanda early this year is yet to score a goal for Gor Mahia since the 2013 season kicked off and has of recent been limited to substitute role with his place taken by new signing from KCB Bob Kiongera.
The trio join Brian Umony (fitness) and Portugal based William Luwagga Kizito (document problems) on the list of players out of the tie.
However, the same can’t be said of Yanga striker Hamis Kiiza who scored his club’s only goal against Ruvu Shooting in the Tanzania league over the weekend. In the absence of Masaba, Viper’s Nicholas Wadada and SC Victoria University vice skipper Denis Guma are left to compete for the slot at right back.
The team which enters residential on Tuesday 19 at Sky Hotel, Ntinda departs for Accra, Ghana on Thursday 21 where they will set a three day camp before connecting to Liberia.
Uganda is second in the group with two points same as third placed Angola and one above Liberia while Senegal lead the group with four points.