Dundee United striker Sadat Anaku was set to feature in the Uganda Kobs’ friendlies in a Tri-Nation tournament hosted by Libya in September but was held back.
Anaku moved to London from Edinburgh but was restricted to fly to Libya as he explains.
“As I tried to check in, I was told it’s restricted you can’t go to Libya, you first need a letter from the military,” Anaku told Courier Sport before adding.
“I said military? I am going to play football. Who do I know in the army?”
“I contacted the Uganda team manager and explained what had happened and we decided that I would try again the next day.”
“So I went to the airport and they looked at me and said, these are just the same documents you brought yesterday.”
“It was better that I went back to Dundee United and trained hard for the games coming up,” he added.
In Benghazi, Uganda drew 0-0 with the hosts Libya before losing 1-0 to its neighbours Tanzania.
“I spoke to the team manager and they are looking forward to summoning me again.”
“With the U-23 games coming up shortly I know they will be watching me,” Anaku noted.
The tournament in Libya was meant to prepare the Kobs for the Morocco U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers coming up in October.
Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s team who got a bye in the first round of the qualifiers will face Guinea in the second round.
The first leg of this tie will be hosted by Guinea in Conakry between the 21st -23rd of October before the second leg a week later in Kampala.