Uganda Cranes defender Murushid Jjuuko goes through the paces. He is the only player on the team playing outside Uganda Credit: ©Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE
[/media-credit] Murushid Jjuuko (left) in action against Egypt at AFCON 2017. He was on top of his game against Egypt and Mali. He played 180 minutes. Credit: Cafonline

Uganda Cranes king pin defender Murushid Jjuuko will have to wait for a little longer before transferring to South Africa PSL club Orlando Pirates F.C.

Jjuuko traveled to South Africa and has been training with the club under former Uganda Cranes head coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic.

Impeccable sources close to Orlando Pirates indicate the defender largely impressed during the closed door sessions and was a darling among fellow players and officials.

However, a general understanding failed to be reached between Tanzania Premier League side Simba and Orlando Pirates for a dream move.

“Jjuuko is still contracted with the Tanzanian club and they are not willing to let him go. They are asking for abnormal monies to evade the buy-out clause with uncalled for terms,” the player’s agent based in Uganda told Kawowo Sports.

For a long time, the former Red Cross, Entebbe, Bunamwaya (Vipers) and SC Victoria University defender has been entangled in a battle with Simba, seeking his release.

Jjuuko played for Uganda Cranes in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations – featuring against Egypt and Mali.

He sat out the opener with Ghana because he was suspended alongside Khalid Aucho.

The CECAFA winner was part of the Uganda Cranes team that won 1-0 against Cape Verde to start the Afcon 2019 qualifiers on a sound note.

He is expected to be part of the team summoned for the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Egypt.

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

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