July 5, 2022

‘I am not a babysitter’ – Micho to Sentamu

By Allan Damba
Yunus Sentamu arriving for a Cranes' training session at St Mary's Stadium in Kitende | Kawowo Sports Image

Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has backtracked his earlier communication that forward Yunus Sentamu would join the rest of the sqaud following the initial snub.

Initially, Micho left the Vipers SC star-marksman out of his 33 man provisional squad for the team that is preparing for the 2023 Ivory Coast Africa Cup of Nations.

Things seemed to have changed though on Monday, when the Serbian revealed the 27 year old would link up with the rest of the team.

“Yunus Sentamu is like my football son,” noted Micho as quoted by Sportsnation on Monday night.

“He is absolutely in contention, he has been with us throughout,” he added.

However, during the Tuesday midmorning training at Kisasi Quality, the 52 year old seemed to go against the decision, sounding bitter with Sentamu.

“I have nothing to comment (Sentamu’s return). I am the coach here, not a babysitter,” the resentful tactician said.

The most recent reports have however put it that the two parties; Micho and Sentamu are to meet later on Tuesday to reach to a similar ground.

It is still unclear to the specific reasons behind the continued feud between Sentamu and or with Micho and the Federation.

In the 2021 Airtel FUFA Awards, Sentamu was selected among the individuals for the Player of the Year but he snubbed the nomination.

The forward has in the past two seasons notched 40 goals across all competitions, more than any other player on the summoned squad.

Uganda will take on Algeria in the opening match of the qualification campaign in Oran on June 4, before hosting Niger four days later at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

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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