Sport
Azira absence deepens Cranes' midfield woes
Publish Date: Jul 14, 2014
Azira absence deepens Cranes' midfield woes
Cranes players are put through their paces ahead of last Fridays friendly with Seychelles at Lugogo. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Swalley Kenyi

FUFA have failed to secure midfielder Mike Azira for Cranes’ Africa Nations Cup qualifier against Mauritania on Saturday.

FUFA has left the midfielder out of the preliminary squad after his Major League side Seattle Sounders FC insisted they could not release him for the Cranes friendly against Malawi because the encounter doesn’t fall on a FIFA reserved date. 

Malawi is camped in Kampala ahead of its Nations Cup qualifier in Benin this weekend.

The absence of Tony Mawejje and Azira for the game now leaves the Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic with Kenya based Geoffrey Kizito, Muzamil Mutyaba, Ivan Ntege and Allan Kyambadde to choose from in midfield. 

Micho hopes to draw a picture of the team that will challenge Mauritania on Saturday after the Cranes’ friendly against Malawi at Namboole Stadium on Tuesday.

Godfrey Walusimbi and Kizito are already in the country from Kenya but are yet to report to camp while team captain Andy Mwesigwa, goalkeeper Denis Onyango, Moses Oloya and Luwagga Kizito are expected to join before Tuesday’s match.

A 25 man Malawi contingent jetted in Saturday night, booked at Grand Global Hotel and had a feel of the Namboole turf on Monday in preparation for the friendly.

Between Uganda and Malawi, they two have clashed 13 times in the past but the most recent result was a 1-1 draw in 2010. 

Micho has played down the statistic saying that the outcome of the match will not matter because his priority is to assemble a formidable side for Saturday’s crucial qualifier.

Uganda won its first build up match 1-0 against Seychelles 1-0 on Friday.

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
Golfer Nkurunziza claims first major win at Entebbe
Jinja Golf Club captain Joseph Nkurunziza finally found the right strokes at Entebbe Club to bag the Danny Nkata memorial golf tournament....
Kabogozza, Namakula win Turkey trot golf challenge
Patrick Kabogozza and Flavia Namakula will enjoy Christmas in style after winning the annual ladies section-organised Turkey Trot golf tournament at Kitante....
Real Madrid win Club World Cup in Morocco
Real Madrid defeated San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 on Saturday to win the Club World Cup and secure their fourth trophy of 2014....
Heathens host fierce rivals Kobs in rugby league
Traditional rivals Heathens and Kobs face off at Kyadondo Rugby Club in the closing fixture of the first round of the Nile Special Premier Rugby League...
Big League: Saints look to stretching lead
The Saints could stretch the Rwenzori Group lead when they host Kumi United in the FUFA Big League on Saturday....
Uganda Olympic Committee plans for therapy centre
Uganda’s first ever medical workshop for active sportsmen started with a promise to set up a health therapy centre....
Do you agree with the ban on the export of maids?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter