Despite completing his two match suspension following his sending off against Mali in September, Murushid Juuko will not feature in Uganda Cranes’ final two FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Kenya and Mali.
The defender is yet to clear a UGX20M fine slapped on him by FIFA even after the deadline (November 8) for paying it already expired. A sad tale that so badly hurts Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.
“I know what is happening with Juuko but I cannot say much besides commenting about it in a sporting way,” Micho told the media at FUFA house in Mengo on Wednesday morning.
“We would have wished to have him back since his red card is well served now but it is impossible because he still has more issues to settle.”
“He was outstanding in defence against Kenya and Mali. Before he was sent off, he had pocketed Ibrahim Kone, a player who plays in the UEFA Champions League.”
“It hurts me that he can not play even when he is not injured or red carded but we shall use the available options just like we did against Rwanda,” Micho added.
Juuko went ahead and reached out to the people at FUFA on whether they were to intervene but received no response, that is according to reports.
Further reports have since indicated that FUFA is not ready to carry the 27 year old’s burden and have advised him to pay for his misdeeds.
Juuko played in both games against Kenya and Mali, in his absence against Rwanda, his club captain Enock Walusimbi and Ashdod FC’s Timothy Awany filled the void.
Walusimbi is out this time around whilst Awany is available and could be joined by either Motherwell FC’s Bevis Mugabi or Vipers SC captain Halid Lwaliwa at the heart of defence.
The Cranes will host Kenya on November 11 before an away tie against Mali in Guinea on November 14.
Micho’s side are second in Group E on eight points, two behind group leaders Mali who visit Rwanda on matchday five of the qualifiers.
Uganda Cranes 28-man squad
Goalkeepers: Charles Lukwago (St George, Ethiopia), Mathias Kigonya (Azam, Tanzania), Isma Watenga (Chippa United, South Africa), Joel Mutakubwa (Express, Uganda)
Defenders: Isaac Muleme (Viktoria Žižkov, Czech Republic), Abdul-Aziizi Kayondo (Vipers, Uganda), Timothy Denis Awany (FC Ashdod, Israel), Bevis Kristofer Kizito Mugabi (Motherwell, Scotland), Denis Iguma (KCCA, Uganda), Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa, Uganda), Livingstone Mulondo (Vipers, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Kenneth Semakula (SC Villa, Uganda), Geoffrey Waswa (KCCA, Uganda)
Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Young Africans, Tanzania), Allan Okello (AC Paradou, Algeria), Moses Waiswa (SuperSport United, South Africa), Shafik Kuchi Kagimu (URA, Uganda), Julius Poloto (KCCA, Uganda), John Revita (KCCA, Uganda), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers, Uganda), Mahad Kakooza (Express, Uganda)
Forwards: Fahad Bayo (FC Ashdod, Israel), Yunus Junior Sentamu (Vipers, Uganda), Steven Desse Mukwala (URA, Uganda), Milton Karisa (Vipers, Uganda), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers, Uganda), Martin Kizza (Express, Uganda)