Three more players that ply their trade in the diaspora are set to join the Uganda Cranes camp as preparations for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers intensify.
These are understood to be CF Montreal left-back Mustafa Kizza, Isaac Muleme who plays for Cezch Republic’s Viktoria Zizkov and Smouha forward Derrick Nsibambi.
The aforementioned players have been with their respective clubs and featured in the recent league games prior to making the trip to join the national team.
They have been summoned by the head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic in a bid to increase the threat of the team which is clearly the downgrade currently.
This manifested itself in the second friendly game the Cranes have participated in during the camp. It was against Ethiopia and will be remembered for mostly the lack of criticality in the finishing, ending in an agonizing 2-1 loss on Sunday 29th.
The first friendly game however, was against Ethiopian club Fasil Kenema on Saturday August 28th.
Micho’s team narrowly won it with a (1-0) scoreline, provoking a lot of talk from the fans and the media alike about this result bringing a sense of déjà vu about the Serbian’s pragmatic approach to the game.
Meanwhile, the team in Ethiopia is made up of 25 players with the latest news from camp indicating an injury blow to Simba SC midfielder Tadeo Lwanga who is reportedly set to miss the East African derby against Kenya.
To accommodate the new arrivals, the current team will undergo further trimming and therefore Ugandans shouldn’t be surprised to see a few players, especially those from the locally based contingent make a trip back home.
The team is expected to depart for Kenya on Monday 30th ahead of their opening FIFA World Cup Qualifiers encounter scheduled for September 2rd.
The Cranes will return home in the aftermath of their contest against the Harambee Stars. This will be geared towards preparing to host Mali four days later at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.