Uganda Cranes up coming fixtures:

  • International build up: Uganda Vs Kenya (Tues, 30th August 2016) – 4 p.m
  • AFCON 2017 Group D qualifier: Uganda Vs Comoros (Sun, 4th September 2016) – 5 p.m

Some thing stormy could silently be brewing for the Uganda Cranes.

Obviously, it is not the official team’s tasty brew – Nile Special.

Rather, it is a row between the national team (Uganda Cranes) and the clubs onto which the various professional players are attached.

Clubs are only willing to release their players after the weekend fixtures and this means majority could be late for the International build up game against Kenya on Tuesday, 30th August 2016.

For this reason, Uganda Cranes head coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic is worried ahead ahead of the national team’s planned Kenya build up and the subsequent AFCON 2017 qualifier. 

Clubs are required to release players at least five days to the international match and situation here is that clubs are releasing players late so they risk missing the Kenya test.

I need all players i will use for the Comoros match to first play against Kenya as we assess them fully.

Players affected are Rio Ave’s William Luwagga Kizito, Kuban Krasndor’s Moses Oloya, Trottur Reykjavik’s Tonny Mawejje, Geofrey ‘Baba’ Kizito (Than Quang Ninh) and Yeovil Town right back Bevis Mugabi.

Yeovil Town might not release Mugabi not until their Saturday night game with Doncaster away at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Same story line with crafty midfielder Luwagga, who play host to Feirense at the Estádio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube arena in Vila do Conde city on Sunday night and Oloya’s Kuban Krasndor who travel to Neftekhimik.

On the same day, Standard Liege travels to Club Brugge in 3:30 p.m kick off fixture.

Still on Sunday, Mawejje will be traveling with his current club Trottur Reykjavik to face his former side IBV Vestmannaeyjar and Baba Kizito’s Than Quảng Ninh will be home to HAGL at the Cẩm Phả stadium on the same day.

Practically, if the players depart after their respective fixtures, it means they will be arriving on at most on match day (Tuesday) and others on Wednesday.

On a rather an encouraging note, a bulk of professional players like Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns), Yunus Sentamu (Ilves), Khalid Aucho, Geofrey Massa (both Baroka) will be able to train with the rest of the players on Monday.

Uganda Cranes is in a must win situation to guarantee qualification to the continental football fiesta – AFCON for the first time in over 38 years.


David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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