Cranes Squad Out, Bobby Explains Massa Exclusion
Cranes head coach Bobby Robert Williamson on Wednesday named his squad a head of the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers match against Angola in Luanda on June 3.
The 30-man squad comprises 22 professional players and 8 home based lads.
Goal Keeper Posnet Richard Omony who features for Black Leopards FC in South Africa has landed an invitation after a long time of absence on the list.
Commenting about the development, Bobby said invitations were based on individual performances and that Omony had been very active of recent hence an invitation.
Joseph Owino of Azan FC in Tanzania is also one of the eleven defenders on the list. The available players on the squad start training on Monday May 21 at Mandela National stadium, Namboole.
The full squad has Omony Posnet Richard (Black Leopards), Onyango Denis (Mamelodi Sundown), Dhaira Abel (IBV Vestmannaeyjar), and Hamza Muwonge (Bunamwaya) goal keepers.
The defenders include Massa Simeon (URA), Iguma Denis (Victoria University), Isinde Isaac (St. George-Ethiopia), Kalungi Henry (Richmond kickers-USA), Walusimbi Godfrey (Bunamwaya).
Others are Wasswa Hassan (Kayseri Erciyesspor-Turkey), Ochaya Joseph (KCC), Kavuma Habib (APR-Rwanda), Ssali Edward (Bunamwaya), Joseph Owino (Azam-Tanzania) and team Captain Andrew Mwesigwa (Ordabasy FC- Kazahastan).
The midfielders’ set has Sserumaga Mike (St. George-Ethiopia), Mawejje Tonny (IBV-Iceland), Mudde Musa (Sofapaka-Kenya), Ochan Patrick (TP-Mazembe-DRC), Kayongo Martin (AIK-Sweden), Wagaluka Dan (APR-Rwanda), Oloya Moses (Sai Gon Xuah Thanh-Vietnam) and Matovu Sula (St. George-Ethiopia).
The striking department has Okwi Emmanuel (Simba-Tanzania), Kizito Fabian Derrick (Leonidas-Netherlands), Umony Brian (Becamex Binh Duong-Vietnam), Massa Geoffrey (Nicosia Kapia (Cyprus), Okhuti Ceaser (Bunamwaya), Mutyaba Mike (Al Merreikh-Sudan) and Ssentongo Robert (URA).
Cranes Head coach Bobby Williamson has described Bryan Wabalayi Massa as a ‘skilled young star’ whose exclusion on the squad he named on Wednesday should not be misinterpreted as being an unwanted player.
BOBBY EXPLAINS MASSA EXCLUSION
Speaking to journalists at the federation headquarters on Wednesday, Bobby said he had watched Massa playing and appreciated his effort but needed time to play more games at home before he is invited for such crucial games involving widely experienced players on the continent.
“We don’t need to rush him and I assure you, he will be very vital for the team in the future,” Bobby explained.
The Scott tactician was recently in Stockholm to monitor the performances of Massa and Martin Kayongo Mutumba.
On return, Bobby cleared the federation to proceed with the process of securing a Ugandan Passport for Massa.
Bobby did not however rule out the possibility of more changes on the squad as need arises. “We cannot have everybody on the squad but we can effect a change where there is need,” he said.
Massa had no club until February when he joined Vasalund FC, a third Division club in Sweden.
“He has been a very, very good friend of mine and for sure, I don’t believe he is really dead”, is what cranes Striker Emmanuel Okwi said on phone from Dar es salaam when asked to comment on the relationship that existed between him and Patrick Mafisango.
Okwi was however quick to mention that the pass on of his good friend would not affect his preparations for the Cranes match against Angola on June 3 in Luanda City.
“So is life, Mafisango is gone, but the rest of us will carry on with the task as long as we continue to live. Tell my fans in Uganda that I shall be in Kampala by Sunday ready for duty,” he said.
He referred to Mafisango as having been an influential player for Simba Sports Club who usually scored crucial goals for his club.
The last time the two players featured for their club was over a week ago when they lost 3-0 to Al Shandy in Khartoum.
The hosts had also lost on the same margin in Dar es Salaam but Simba SC got eliminated from the continental cup 9-8 on spot kicks.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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