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Mubiru faces axe

By Vision Reporter

Added 13th November 2006 03:00 AM

CRANES tactician Laszlo Csaba will drop striker Hassan Mubiru if he continues playing in the ongoing Bika football tournament.

CRANES tactician Laszlo Csaba will drop striker Hassan Mubiru if he continues playing in the ongoing Bika football tournament.

By D. Mazune & F. Kaweesi

CHALLENGE CUP Fixtures

Nov. 25: Ethiopia v Tanzania
Nov. 26: Burundi v Zambia
Djibouti v Malawi
Nov. 27: Somalia v Rwanda
Uganda v Sudan

CRANES tactician Laszlo Csaba will drop striker Hassan Mubiru if he continues playing in the ongoing Bika football tournament.
“Sometimes Mubiru (right) misses training when he has a match in some (Bika) tournament. I will not accept that any more. It’s not good. He has to choose between the national team and the other tournament,” an incensed Csaba told journalists after yesterday’s morning training session at Namboole.
Mubiru is the team captain of Mamba (lungfish) clan.
Csaba said: “If he was playing for his club, I would understand. He has to concentrate and focus on the tournament in Ethiopia.”
Cranes stars Vincent Kayizzi, Hassan Wasswa and Mulindwa Muwonge will also have to choose between their clan teams and the Cranes.
Csaba was happy with the return of defender Richard Malinga, who has been down with malaria.
Malinga did light training with Lawrence Segawa, who is still nursing a knee injury.
“Richard is okay now but I don’t know whether Lawrence will recover in time,” Csaba said.
The coach said players’ fitness levels had improved but were not yet satisfactory.
“About 70% of my players don’t have the power to play for 90 minutes. After just 60 minutes many of them are tired. I can’t work on fitness all the time, I have to work on other technical aspects because we have a tournament soon,” Csaba lamented.
the team, that will kick-start its CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup title ambitions against Sudan on November 27, is still weighed down by more injury.
Rwanda-based defensive players Emmanuel Balyejusa, Godfrey Katerega and Shaka Okello are among the players whose fitness levels are suffering.
The team departs for Ethiopia on November 22.
Cranes are in the same group with Sudan, Somalia and Rwanda.
Meanwhile, Rwanda’s U-17 and U-20 national team players will be given priority in the selection of the team to feature in Addis Ababa.
FERWAFA organising secretary James Rekyeraho pointed: “The only way we can give the team experience is the Cecafa event.”
The tournament is sponsored by Ethiopian businessman Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi to the tune of US$500,000 (sh920m), which includes US$35,000 (sh65m) for the winners and US$20,000 (sh37m) for the runners-up.
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Mubiru faces axe

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