Coach Milutin Micho Sredejovich wants to beef up Uganda Cranes team with 10 foreign based players ahead of the World Cup Qualifiers double header against Rwanda Amavubi Stars.
The Serbian summoned a provisional squad of 33 local based players who started preparations on Monday evening at Omondi stadium in Lugogo.
Micho confirmed that FUFA has sent out 10 invitations to the foreign based players but did not reveal their names due to ongoing travel challenges.
“We have in advance sent invitations to ten foreign based players from outside that we will later get to know their names because we want to keep the cards to our chests until the last moment,” said the ‘Serbian Wolf’.
“They (invited foreign based players) have matches these upcoming weekends, we cannot announce the people that we are not sure that will come. Last time we announced several players but their clubs blocked them.”
“Now we are doing everything including involving FIFA in order that our players are available so that we have a strong squad to play.”
Chippa United goalkeeper Ismail Watenga, TP Mazembe defender cum winger Joseph Ochaya, the Midfielder trio of Moses Waisswa (SuperSport United), Aucho Khalid (Yanga SC), Mustafa Kizza (CF Montreal), Isaac Muleme (Viktoria Zizkov) and Derrick Nsibambi joined the Cranes in preparations for Kenya and Mali.
Taddeo Lwanga of Simba SC picked an injury and was later released.
Micho faces a big headache of fitness of most of the players including Team captain Emmanuel Okwi and Derrick Nsibambi who are without clubs at the moment.
He stated: “We are happy with the way things went with Express, they beat giants Al-Merrikh at home but unfortunately lost away. URA FC beating Ethiopian Coffee, that was an investment during this period of time.
“Great work of Morley Byekwaso preparing KCCA. Vipers won the Uganda Cup and I congratulate them for winning the title. That has helped us that we really look locally for most competitive players to help us be competitive as much as we can for the do or die clash against Rwanda.”
Uganda Cranes team will have two friendlies against KCCA FC (Thursday) and Vipers (Sunday) in preparations for the Rwanda tie.
Uganda visit Rwanda for the first leg on October 7 before the Kitende tie October 10th.
“We are fully aware that millions of Ugandans will be behind us. We want to be accountable, transparent and responsible and prepare best for that match,” Micho added.
Rwanda’s Amavubi Stars, under coach Vincent Mashami, have one point; they lost to Mali and drew 1-1 with Kenya.
“The Jinja born boy Mashami, has grown from strength and become a serious man. Showing that he is a master of coaching he has a very competitive team that has shown what they are capable of,” he added.
“They have very good players, we respect them but we respect ourselves more. We do not want to take the game outside the pitch to the rivalry, we will play everything on the field, we want our people to be proud of us.”