Cranes coach Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic says he holds no personal grudge against midfielder William Luwagga Kizito but statistics were against him in Gabon.
Kizito, arguably the most skilled member of the national team failed to have a meaningful contribution on the team as they bowed out of the 2017 AFCON at group stages.
The Portugal based attacker launched a scathing attack on Micho saying he doesn’t want players of his style and will never play for the national team under the Serb again.
“First, there are two kinds of Luwagga Kizito I know,” started Micho at a press conference on Wednesday. “The first who played like a mad man against Botswana when he scored the first goal and was man of the match for us in crucial game in Francistown, then also assisted two goals against Botswana at home,” he added.
Then the second Luwagga, since Botswana, something we don’t know happened to him and we have tried to help him.
Let me tell you, Luwagga has played 116 minutes in his club until now, since coming to Tunisia, he has played around 345 with us.
The Serbian who led the Cranes to Afcon after 39 years absence also reminded Ugandans how Luwagga has always made bad decisions picking out games against Congo Brazzaville and Ghana in Gabon and why it was the right decision to substitute him.
Do we need to speak aloud at Namboole against Congo Brazzaville when he doesn’t give Miya pass when he was alone? Do we need to forget the 17 lost balls against Ghana, statistics not me. I like him so much; he is dear person to me.
But statistically, he didn’t deserve to continue in the match against Ghana and the reason he was substituted and didn’t deserve to play against Egypt in order to show him that he isn’t irreplaceable.
After sitting on the bench for the entire match against Egypt, Luwagga was reinstated in the first team against Mali but again subbed for Massa midway the second half.
In reaction, the former Vipers player snubbed a handshake from both Massa and Micho on the touchline.
Micho refused to comment on the snub but reiterated that not even his late father would stay on the playing field after such a performance in Oyem.
Against Mali, am I the one to blame again? In the first half, he has chance but fails to shoot, he has situation to pass either to Ochaya or Oloya but he isn’t passing and he wants to stay on the field of play! Even if he is my late father, he can’t stay. I respect Ugandans, I respect all of you. I respect him but he couldn’t continue.
Luwagga remains dear to us but FUFA knows what to do
Despite all this, Micho says the midfielder remains dear and he is liked and whatever he has said behind scenes, he doesn’t care but says the onus is on FUFA as an institution to see what he to do.
He is still very dear to us, we like him; he is playing for us, good guy. What FUFA will do as an institution, it is on them, what he has done behind scenes, I don’t know.
It remains to be seen whether there will be any punishment accorded to Kizito but FUFA president Moses Magogo retaliated that whoever goes astray from the code of conduct signed, he will be dealt with.