A question about who selects national team players has been around for quite some time with everyone having a different idea.
Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has largely been criticized by many football enthusiasts who at times do not agree with the selection.
But, according to the latest development, the Serbian is not in full control: “We have to look around and see the players that move along with the strategy of FUFA.”
Micho was reporting about the Cranes’ 2022 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Algeria at FUFA House in Mengo on Sunday.
“I am not here on my own because if I was maybe some players would have played and we would qualify for the quarterfinals.”
“However, as a coach, I have to abide strictly by the philosophy of the federation given the guidance and technical direction due to the present transition.”
“This is why two players from U20 Travis Mutyaba and Titus Ssematimba have been with us just like it was with the likes of Bobosi Byaruhanga, Aziz Kayondo, and others the last time,” he noted.
Micho’s charges who were playing at CHAN for the sixth straight time still could not break the jinx and go past the group stages.
They finished third in Group B with four points after drawing 0-0 with the Democratic Republic of Congo, edging Senegal 1-0, and losing 3-1 to Ivory Coast.
Mutyaba and Ssematimba have already joined the Uganda Hippos’ camp who are preparing to travel to Egypt for the U20 Africa Cup of Nations hoping to reach the semifinals and qualify for the U20 World Cup in Indonesia later this year.