Former Uganda Cranes player and Proline FC director Mujib Kasule has expressed his distrust in Jonathan Mckinstry’s summoned CHAN team.
Kasule is the latest to reveal his discontent in the Uganda Cranes selection committee since the team was named.
He said that KCCA FC midfielder Julius Poloto did not deserve a place on the team and called the whole scenario a ‘mess’.
“The CHAN squad is a mess,” said Kasule who was speaking during NBS TV’s Sports Show The Score on Sunday.
“Poloto, before getting injured was not even a national team material. And after he got back, he has been struggling. He struggled against Proline among other games.
“There is no justification for Poloto being on that team, he has been away for over a year and you include him on the team? Its very wrong.”
Jiba, as commonly known in football circles, added:
“We may have played at four CHAN championships but we are inexperienced. Look at the team we have, we have like two survivors on the squad that played in 2018.
“This particular team is not balanced, it’s devoid of experience. I would have added mature players like Frank Kalanda, Saddam Juma and Muzamir Mutyaba. Even if they are not starters, but they will push the young players. Who will push Bayo now, will it be Rwothomio? Aheebwa?”
Jiba, however, added that the team will produce good results if well trained because the coach has been given plenty of time to do so.
“Their success in Cameroon will depend on how good they can prepare it from now on.
“Mckinstry says that he has a better team and our job is to support him. We have to get behind him. But at the end of the day, we have to criticise him and we have a right to.”
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Former Uganda Cranes player Jackson Mayanja, who was speaking on the same show, said that he hopes Mckinstry gets the luck of Luiz Felipe Scolari.
It should be remembered that Scolari left out fan favourite Romario out of the 23-man squad for Brazil to feature at the 2002 World Cup. The coach was highly criticised for selecting some players prior to the 2002 event.
Despite a public outcry and negative reviews for leaving out Romario, Brazil went to Asia (Japan and South Korea) and won the World Cup.
“Let’s hope Mckinstry has the same luck like that Scolari had after he was criticised for the players he summoned and leaving out Romario,” Mayanja, former Kyetume FC coach said.
“Let’s hope we can get from the group stages, reach the quarters and see. He has enough time to prepare.”