Sport
Massa ruled out of Zambia friendlyPublish Date: Mar 03, 2014
Massa ruled out of Zambia friendly
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Fred Kaweesi

GEOFFREY Massa will not be available for Uganda’s high-profile friendly against Zambia at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old is still struggling with an injury and has been advised by his club to resume training on Wednesday.

“I will not be fit for the friendly. I was suspended over the weekend but even then still had an injury that would have ruled me out. The club already communicated to FUFA,” Massa, who turns out for South Africa club University of Pretoria, told New Vision on Monday.

In a communication to FUFA, the University of Pretoria team manager Graham Oosthuis stated that: “Geoffrey sustained a Grade 1 strain of his left Rectus Femoris muscle during a game on the 22nd of February. He is currently undergoing treatment.”

As of today, it was still not clear as to whether Emmanuel Okwi and Hamis Kiiza would make the trip to Ndola. 

The two strikers, who turn out for Tanzanian giants Yanga, were by press time still expected in Zambia after processing their travel visas to Cairo ahead of their club’s CAF Champions League return leg against Egyptian side Al Ahly.

“I am still speaking to Yanga and will not give up,” Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic stated earlier on Sunday before calling up Soana striker Francis Olaki and Brian Umony, who turns out for Tanzanian side Azam.

The two will compete with Gor Mahia’s Dan Sserunkuma for a starting place. Tony Mawejje and Henry Kalungi are out of the game after failing to secure their travel documents on time.

In the absence of Mawejje, Micho will stick with the Aucho Khalid-Geoffrey Kizito midfield partnership that started during the CECAFA Challenge Cup in Kenya last year.

Why drop Ssentamu?

But questions will be asked as to why Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) star striker Yunus Ssentamu was ignored for the mid-week friendly.

Sentamu’s three goals in the tournament held in South Africa in January were top-notch and there was enough to suggest that the Vipers striker could push for a first team place in the senior Cranes side.

Zambia coach Patrice Beaumelle has included 16 foreign-based players in his squad. 

Stoppilla Sunzu, Nathan Sinkala, Emmanuel Mayuka (all Sochaux) and Rainford Kalaba are some of their prominent stars.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Uganda gets another boxing medal
Despite not having any qualified coach, Uganda boxers continued to shine with Juma Kaggwa assuring the nation of another medal after he advanced to the semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland....
KCCA to open season against URA FC
KCCA FC’s FUFA Super League season kick-off will depend on the club’s performance at the CECAFA Kagame Cup in Kigali, Rwanda between August 8 and 24....
Ronald Musagala cruises to 800m final
Ronald Musagala kept his calm despite finishing second to advance to the finals of the Commonwealth Games men’s 800m race on Wednesday night. The final is due on Thursday night at Hampden Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland....
Boxer Nasir Bashir goes down in Glasgow
Uganda’s hopes for a boxing medal were quashed after boxer Nasir Bashir failed in his quarterfinal campaign against Ireland’s Michael Conlan on points....
Motorcross: Maxime ready to battle Kenyans
Maxime Van Pee has vowed to single handedly battle the Kenyan MX1 team even if Uganda fails to send a team to the FIM-Africa Central Africa Motocross Championship on Sunday at the Jamhuri Park in Nairobi....
Uganda Cranes  fly to Mauritania
Uganda Cranes fly out to Mauritania via South Africa Thursday, where they will be joined by first choice goalkeeper Dennis Onyango and lead striker Geoffrey Massa in Johannesburg....
Should private schools and institutions be given tax exemption?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter