thumb http://ceris.ca/wp-includes/compat.php geneva;”>A somber Uganda Cranes team that handed a 3-0 beating by Libya’s Mediterranean Knights in an international friendly in Tripoli on Saturday 1 June 2013 is set to leave their Tripoli base in the wee hours of Tuesday morning headed back for Uganda via Turkey.
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According to Cranes Media Officer Fred Katende, the team jets off just after noon and should be at Entebbe International Airport by 2.00AM then proceed to their base at Sky Hotel, Ntinda where Coach Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic will announce the final squad to prepare for the Liberia game starting Tuesday afternoon.
“Head coach Micho will reduce the squad according to their performance in the yesterday’s game to make a final group which will start training on Tuesday Afternoon at Namboole ahead of Liberia and Angola games,” Katende wrote on his social media timeline.
Meanwhile Kazakhstan based Cranes captain Andrew Mwesigwa and striker Geoffrey Massa (Cyprus) are already in the country while Boban Ziritunsa (Sunday), Emma Okwi, Henry Kalungi and Sweden based Martin Kayongo Mutumba (Monday) plus Tony Mawejje, Isaac Isinde and Robert Odongkara who are expected to join camp on Tuesday.
Micho’s stern test in Libya
It was the first test for newly appointed coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic as the Ugandan team prepares to host Liberia on June 8 in a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier.
Muhammad Ali made it 1-0 after 20 minutes when he placed the ball past goalkeeper Abbey Dhaira before the home side made it 2-0 after the Cranes central defense was caught off guard.
Faisal Al-Badri made no mistake from the spot with two minutes to half time after defender Ivan Bukenya was fouled in the box.
The Cranes returned charged with some changes as Said Kyeyune, Hassan Wasswa, Nicholas Wadada and Gor Mahia’s Daniel Sserunkuma came on, but all failed to make an impact.
Sserunkuma should have picked a consolation goal for Uganda, but he failed to convert with Libya’s goalkeeper Muhammad Nashnoush all alone to beat.
After the game the Micho said they showed great experience. “The match helped me find out the players who are ready to be part of the team that will play against Liberia next Saturday,” said the newly appointed coach.
The two nations last met in 2008 in an international friendly which ended 1-1 at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole in Kampala.
Uganda Cranes Line Up against Libya: Abel Dhaira (cpt), Denis Guma, Ivan Bukenya, Israel Emuge (Wadada Nicholas), Joseph Ochaya (Alex Kakuba), Musa Mudde (Hassan Wasswa), Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito, Moses Oloya (Said Kyeyune), Henry Kisekka (Dan Sserunkuma), Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza and William Luwagga Kizito (Herman Wasswa)