Lumala declares himself available for World Cup qualifiers

Uganda Cranes and Pyramids FC forward Abdu Lumala is itching for a return to action especially with the national team as he nears the end of his rehabilitation process from surgery on his knee.

Lumala has been out of action since undergoing a second surgery in a space of five months on a recurring knee injury in June.

The pacey forward said in a video posted on FUFA’s Twitter handle that he feels better now and will be in shape by the time the FIFA World Cup qualifiers come around in March 2021.

“I am recovering very well and hoping to come back in good spirit soon,” the 23-year-old said.

“I should be joining the team in March and therefore I am looking forward to the World Cup qualifiers,” he added.

Lumala will miss the Uganda Cranes double header against South Sudan in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers which comes early in November.

Lumala was initially part of the squad selected for the qualifiers in March, but the knee injury has ruled him out of the subsequent national team selections.

The World Cup qualifiers were set to get underway in October 2020 but were pushed forward to March 2021 due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

Johnathan McKinstry’s charges are in group E of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers alongside neighbours Kenya and Rwanda as well West African side Mali.

Lumala made his debut for the Cranes at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt where he put up terrific performances as the Cranes reached the knockout round of the tournament for the first time in over 40 years.

The former St. Mary’s SS Kitende student last featured for the Cranes in a stalemate against Burkina in Ouagadougou in November 2019.

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