By Fred Katende in Madagascar
Sun 18th May 2014
Madagascar Vs Uganda
3pm (Same time as in Uganda and Madagascar)
Venue: Stade Rabemananjara – Mahajanga (Artificial turf)
Match officials: Ref: Victor Gomes Miguel (RSA)
Ass Ref 1: Stevens Khumalo Mothibidi (RSA)
Ass Ref 2: Sandile Dili Kane (RSA)
Fourth Official: Victor Lungwani Tinyiko
Match commissioner: Gladmore Muzambi (Zimbabwe)
The National senior team-Uganda Cranes yesterday finally got the feel of the artificial turf they will be playing on when they take on home side Madagascar at the Stade Rabemananjara – Mahajanga in the first leg second round 2015 AFCON qualification campaign today.
The Uganda Cranes training session was watched by a cross section of home fans.
Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovich is confident his players can pick up a good result to keep them in the driving seat for the return leg on 31st May at Mandela National stadium.
No injuries were reported as the Serbian has a full 18 man squad available for selection.
The Cranes have a huge advantage over Madagascar. The latest FIFA ranking put Uganda at 86th while Madagascar 189th.
Man to watch (Uganda) – Emanuel Okwi, he has established himself into a reliable asset in Micho’s time as coach of Cranes so far. His versatility and dribbling skills doing it at a higher tempo on the field of play has seen various defenders sweat to stop him. He plies his trade in Tanzania with Young Africans.
Squad for selection: Goal Keepers: Hamza Muwonge (Thika United – Kenya) and Ismail Watenga (Vipers SC – Uganda)
Defenders: Denis Iguma (SCVU), Joseph Ochaya (Asante Kotoko – Ghana), Savio Kabugo (SCVU), Henry Kalungi (Richmond Kickers – US), Andrew Mwesigwa (Ordabasy FC – Kazakhstan) and Isaac Isinde (St. George – Ethiopia)
Midfielders: Luwagga Kizito (Sporting Covilha – Portugal), Martin Mutumba (Turkey), Khalid Aucho (Tusker FC – Kenya), Geofrey ‘Baba’ Kizito (Gor Mahia – Kenya), Hassan Wasswa and Brian Majwega (KCC FC)
Strikers: Hamis Kiiza (Yanga SC – TZ), Daniel Sserunkuma (Gor Mahia FC – Kenya), Francis Olaki (Soana FC) and Emmanuel Okwi (Yanga SC – TZ)
Additional reporting by Joseph Mutaka