Kalanda Skips Cranes CHAN Team For Vietnam

Frank KalandaUganda Cranes striker Frank Kalanda has skipped the team’s preparations for the 2014 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) and opted to travel for trials in Vietnam.

“We have been looking for Kalanda to undergo medical tests with the rest of the players, but his Club URA FC have told us he travelled for trials in Vietnam,” head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic told sources.

The coach said this development is very unfortunate because there is no way the player will be part of the team when he has missed the mandatory medical tests.

“This is not good news because a player has preferred to go to Vietnam for trials instead of looking at the bigger picture,” added Micho.

The URA striker, who netted a brace when Uganda ejected Tanzania in the 2014 CHAN qualifiers, missed the recent regional CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup because of poor form, but had been included in the squad for the CHAN event in South Africa next month.

KCCA FC defender Ibrahim Kizza has also been missing for the medical check-up, although the club secretary, David Tamale, said the player is available today and will get in contact with the team doctor.

Uganda Cranes, who will be making a second appearance in the CHAN competition, have been drawn against Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso and Morocco for the third edition of the event.

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