Uganda Cranes coach Micho’ Sredojevic has given SC Victoria’s lanky full back Martin Mpuuga his first full national cap in the GOtv Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup. The Serb made four changes in his starting lineup that faced Eritrea as Uganda awaits to take on Sudan in one of the most potentially thrilling matches on Thursday as Group C seeks a winner going into the quarterfinals.
Action at Nyayo Stadium will see defending champions Uganda go head to head with Sudan to determine who leads the group, while Rwanda and Eritrea, both yet to win a game, are now involved in another affair in Machakos as they battle for one of the two places to progress as the best third-placed side.
As expected Micho replaced right back Nicholas Wadada with Kiira Young’s Julius Ntambi and regular internationals Vicent Kayizzi and Joseph Mpande.
Mpuuga who has made 13 appearances for SCVU this season is excited about being capped under Cranes coach Sredojevic.
“For now it is the experience of being part of the national team,” Mpuga explained on phone from Kenya.
“It is my first time and it is worth the experience.
“I am happy that I was included. For me it is a reward for my hard work.
“As a footballer, the dream is to play for the national team. I was looking forward to being named in the starting line-up.”
Cranes XI: Benjamin Ochan (GK), Julius Ntambi, Godfrey Walusimbi, Martin Mpuuga, Savio Kabugo, Richard Kasagga, Aucho Khalid, Joseph Mpande, Vincent Kayizzi, Daniel Sserunkuma and Emmanuel Okwi (captain)