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Cranes' Massa set for Angola test

By Vision Reporter

Added 7th June 2008 03:00 AM

GEOFFREY Massa maintains that his successful rehabilitation from injury will undoubtedly make him Cranes’ redeemer against Angola next week. The 22-year-old forward collapsed in pain a fortnight ago after rupturing a thigh muscle, but has gradually regained his fitness.

GEOFFREY Massa maintains that his successful rehabilitation from injury will undoubtedly make him Cranes’ redeemer against Angola next week. The 22-year-old forward collapsed in pain a fortnight ago after rupturing a thigh muscle, but has gradually regained his fitness.

By Fred Kaweesi

GEOFFREY Massa maintains that his successful rehabilitation from injury will undoubtedly make him Cranes’ redeemer against Angola next week. The 22-year-old forward collapsed in pain a fortnight ago after rupturing a thigh muscle, but has gradually regained his fitness.

The Jomo Cosmos striker was alongside injured Cranes teammates Ibrahim Sekagya and Noah ‘Babadi’ Kasule, excluded from the team’s assignment against Benin this Sunday.

“I will definitely return a better player. I feel fine now and should be able to resume training on Monday,” Massa, in Kampala, said yesterday.

Cranes captain Sekagya though decided to return to his Red Bull Salzburg club in Austria where he intends to have a thorough examination of the groin injury he sustained in the process of netting Uganda Cranes’ all-important winning goal against Niger last weekend.

Massa came under relentless attack in the previous campaign for squandering what were perceived as Cranes best goal-scoring opportunities in the games against Lesotho and Niger.

The forward, still depressed by the criticism, had promised to respond in the only way he knew how, when the qualifying curtains opened.

Sadly, he couldn’t make the first game. He will remain Cranes’ primary route to goal and the bookmaker’s favourite to lead Cranes’ goal-hunt against Angola on June 14. In his absence, Serbia-based striker Eugene Ssepuuya will, alongside Caesar Okhuti, be tasked with plundering goals in Benin.

The Ediofe Hills striker should, alongside FUFA president Lawrence Mulindwa, join the rest of the Cranes contingent in Port Novo later tonight. The Cranes were restricted to just one training session yesterday after failing to secure transport on time for their early morning session.

Meanwhile, Tunisia, who have qualified for the last three World Cup finals, will attempt to get their bid for a place at the 2010 event back on track when they meet the Seychelles in their second qualifying match this weekend.

The north Africans were surprisingly beaten 2-1 at home by Burkina Faso in their opening Group Nine match on Sunday, the only high profile casualty at the start of the group phase of the preliminaries.

Cranes' Massa set for Angola test

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