July 5, 2022

FUFA succumb to pressure, Sentamu to be summoned

By Allan Damba
Striker Yunus Ssentamu while training with the Cranes in the past | Courtesy photo

Less than 48 hours after summoning the national team, with Yunus Sentamu missing, FUFA, the local Football governing body, has finally given in to media backlash, that had questioned the decision.

Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic had shockingly left out the country’s most prolific goal-scorer over the past two seasons (40 goals) due to unspecified reasons.

However, it is reported that the decision was never his, but FUFA’s as the latter and the player do not share the very best of relationships.

“Yunus Sentamu is like my football son. He is absolutely in contention, he has been with us throughout,” noted Micho as quoted by the-Sportsnation..

“However, due to his personal change, he has requested to be in. And, having it in mind that we need him so much, we are supposed to meet and have him back.”

Even then, the gaffer ran around the exact reason for the 2020/21 Uganda Premier League top marksman’s (16 goals) initial omission.

A number of reports have put it to an alleged bad blood between the player the FUFA big bosses.

At the end of the 2020/21 campaign, due to the aforementioned alleged feud, Sentamu snubbed the FUFA Player of the Year, after he had received an initial nomination.

Uganda is bound to take on Algeria in first game of the 2023 Ivory Coast Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, in Oran on June 4.

Four days later, they will meet Niger at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende for their second Group F match.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Charles Lukwago (St.George-Ethiopia), Giouse Bellagambi (Huddersfield Town, England), Alionzi Nafian (URA FC Uganda)

Defenders: Elvis Bwomono (IBV Iceland), Gavin Kizito (Sc Villa Uganda), James Begisa (UPDF FC, Uganda), Isaac Muleme (Viktoria Zizkov Czech Rep), Abdu Azizi Kayondo (Real Monarchs USA), Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell, Scotland), Timothy Awanyi (Ashdod Israel), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC Uganda), Musa Ramadan (Cincinnati USA), Livingstone Mulondo (Vipers SC Uganda) Enoch Walusimbi, (Express FC Uganda)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Yanga Tanzania), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC Uganda), Marvin Joseph Youngman (Bright Stars FC Uganda), Steven Sserwadda (New York Red Bulls USA), Muzamil Mutyaba (Kiyovu Sports Rwanda), Rogers Mato (KCCA FC, Uganda), Faruku Miya (Lviv Ukraine), Allan Okello (Paradou, Algeria)

Forwards: Milton Karisa (Vipers SC Uganda), Moses Aliro (Wakiso Giants FC Uganda), Hakim Kiwanuka (Proline FC Uganda), Yiga Najib (Vipers SC Uganda), Allan Kyambadde (Gouna Egypt), Martin Kizza (Express FC Uganda), Emmanuel Okwi (Kiyovu Sports Rwanda), Fahad Bayo (Bnei Sakhin Israel), Derrick Kakooza (Valmiera Latvia), Sadat Anaku (KCCA FC Uganda), Muhammad Shaban (Onduparaka FC Uganda)

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