Afcon Group E qualifiers
Sat, Nov 15: Uganda vs. Ghana
November 19: Guinea v Uganda
Following Sunday’s build up against Ethiopia, the Uganda Cranes players conducted a light training session on Monday at the Namboole Stadium outside training ground ahead of Saturday’s Nations Cup qualifier.
All the professional based players yet to come are all expected by Tuesday evening.
These are the Kenyan based players quartet of; Daniel Sserunkuma, Khalid Aucho, Godfrey Walusimbi and Geofrey Kizito.
They will be joined by the team skipper, Andrew Mwesigwa and Goal keeper, Denis Onyango. Tuesday training will be held in the afternoon hours starting 4 pm.
Massa guns for Black Stars
Ugandan talisman Geoffrey Massa and stand-in Cranes captain struck the first in a 3-0 victory over Ethiopia, then set up Yunus Ssentamu for the second before Farouk Miya notched the third in front of a nearly capacity crowd at Namboole Stadium on Sunday.
Massa later stated: “We are ready for Ghana. It was a good performance from the boys. It’s the kind of result you need ahead of a big game.”
Uganda last took part in the 1978 Africa Nations Cup in Ghana where they lost to the hosts in the final 2−0.
Sserumaga earns nod for Ghana
Lweza midfielder Mike Sserumaga might have played himself into contention to face Ghana in Saturday. Returning to the Cranes fold for the first time since a bench appearance in the shootout defeat to Zambia October of 2012, Sserumaga showed flashes of brilliance, spraying passes and winning a penalty in the first half.
“I’ happy that whatever I have asked him he has managed to do it and we are continuing working with him this week and we shall see how to use him in match against Ghana,” Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic told supersport on Monday.
“I’m happy he managed to play for the national team after a long time out, and am happy with how he conducted himself on the pitch. But I will not get excited by that.”
The Serbian added: “He has had fantastic time playing for his Lweza club but our local league is different ball game from international football.
“I’m happy Mike Sserumaga appreciates that. I was talking to him this morning (Monday morning) and he was telling me how in our league there is a lot of free space and a lot of time on the ball, which is not the case in matches like against Ethiopia.”
Micho backs Caf nominees
has challenged Ugandan duo Geoffrey Massa and Yunus Ssentamu to show that they have not been nominated for Caf Player of The Year award by accident. The pair were last week named among the 20 candidates that ply their trade on the continent for their exploits for their clubs and country.
Ssentamu, who plays for DRC side AS Vita, was nominated for helping his club reach the Caf Champions League final and for his three goals in the Chan tournament in South Africa in January and February.
But Micho demands that they should carry the form to the game against Ghana to show their short-listing is not accidental.
“I have challenged them to work harder and show that them being shortlisted among the 20 names of the best players in Africa is not by accident,” he told supersport.com.
“It (the nomination) is a result and an appreciation of their all-round hard work and scoring the goals at the end of it.
“I’m also telling them not to get carried away for being nominated or for scoring against Ethiopia. I’m asking them to keep focus this week and am challenging them to again show they can do it against the best in match against Ghana.”
On his side, Massa got the nod for his goals at University of Pretoria in South Africa and for his consistent performances in the Afcon qualifiers where he has already scored four goals in as many games, including two from the preliminaries.
Tickets hit the market
The match day tickets are already on sale at various points. FUFA finance director Decolas Kiza said that the tickets will be sold at sh20000 for open stand, sh50000 for the pavilion while sh120000 is for gold tickets at the usual selling points around the country.
In total, there are 29 ticket selling points.
Ghana arrive Thursday
Injury ravaged Ghana is expected in Uganda Thursday night, Pepper Sport understands. The Black Stars, who embark on training today for their last two Group E games against Uganda and Togo missing their star players Kwadwo Asamoah (knee injury), Jordon Ayew (suspension) and captain Asamoah Gyan (thigh injury) yet will be handled by a caretaker coach Maxwell Konadu for the remaining fixtures.
Kwasi Appiah was sacked in a wake of a poor start to the campgain but they have named a fairly strong team.
Uganda must beat Ghana at Namboole to maintain their slim hopes of qualifying for next year’s Nations Cup.
Ghana top standings with eight points, followed by Togo on six. Uganda and Guinea have four apiece with two games left to play. The top two in Group E will qualify for the finals in Morocco in January.
Uganda sqaud summoned
Goalkeepers: Robert Odongkara (St George), Jamal Salim (El Merriekh), Ismail Watenga (Vipers) and Brian Bwete (URA)
Defenders: Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia), Julius Ntambi (Kira Young) Martin Kizza (Tusker), Isaac Isinde (St George), Savio Kabugo (SCVU), Habibu Kavuma (KCC), Richard Kasagga (KCC)
Midfielders: Tonny Mawejje (Haugesund, Norway), Hassan Wasswa (SC Villa), Brian Majwega (KCC), Kizito Keziron, Farouk Miya (Vipers),), Moses Oloya (Xuan Than Sai Gon FC), Mike Sserumaga (Lweza), Baker Lukooya (Kira Young), Allan Kyambadde(Vipers), Geofrey Kizito (Gor Mahia), Khalid Aucho (Tusker)
Strikers: Geofrey Massa (Pretoria University), Yunus Sentamu (AS Vita), Robert Ssentongo (URA), Daniel Sserunkuma (Gor Mahia)
Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (AshGold), Adams Stephen (Aduana Stars) and Razak Braimah (Mirandes FC, Spain)
Defenders: Yaw Frimpong (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Harrison Afful (Esperance FC, Tunisia), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg, South Africa), Baba Rahman (FC Augsburg, Germany), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), John Boye (Erciyesspor, Turkey), Kwabena Adusei (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa) and Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France)
Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Rabiu Mohammed (Krasnodar, Russia), Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic, Scotland), Atsu Christian (Everton, England), Asante Solomon (T.P. Mazembe, DR Congo), Gyimah Edwin (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Afriyie Acquah (Parma FC, Italy) Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France)
Strikers: Jordan Ayew (Lorient, France), Abdul-Majeed Waris (Trabzonspor, Turkey), David Accam (Helsenborg, Sweden), Emmanuel Osei Banahene, (Al Orobah, Saudi Arabia).