Police FC head coach Abdullah Mubiru has delivered worrying injury updates on Tony Mawejje and Ben Ocen as the StarTimes Uganda Premier League is set to return from its eight-week break.
The league that took a break after five games in order to avail the Uganda Cranes time for CHAN, returns this weekend on Saturday, February 6 with Vipers SC hosting MYDA FC in one of the former’s two games in hand.
But Mubiru and his Cops will be back in action on Friday, February 12 when they take on Kyetume FC at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo.
Police are likely to be without captain Mawejje and striker Ocen who could be out for a longer spell after suffering injury while on national duty with the Cranes at CHAN in Cameroon.
“It’s unfortunate that despite us having a number of players representing the club at the national team in Cameroon, some picked up injuries from there,” Mubiru told Football256.
“Mawejje and Ocen got injured and that’s worrying as we get back into league action very soon, we are still assessing them, but the fixture against Kyetume comes very soon, and they may be out for a lengthy period.”
This is Mawejje’s second injury since the start of the season after rolling his ankle in Police’s opening game of the season against Wakiso Giants.
He missed subsequent games against MYDA and Kitara FC, but was later involved in the last two games before the break, coming on as a substitute against Busoga United and started against UPDF FC.
Talisman Ocen’s absence on the other hand provides its own set of challenge given that the striker had managed six goals so far.
The Cops find themselves in a hard situation whereby the would be option upfront Derrick Kakooza is also away with the Uganda Hippos on national duty but Mubiru remains confident that they can find solutions within.
“Missing Mawejje, Ocen and then Kakooza at the same time is a big blow to us but we shall try to give a chance to the other players we have in those positions,” Mubiru declared.
Besides Mawejje and Ocen, Police had three other players in goalkeeper Tom Ikara, defenders Hassan Muhamood and Eric Ssenjobe as part of the Cranes squad at CHAN.
And according to Mubiru who is also the Cranes first assistant coach, it’s exciting to work with national team players at club level.
“We had five of our own players at the national team and it’s always a good feeling to work with national team players at your club as a coach.”
“Because whoever gets a chance to play on the national team, his motives are always different from one who has not gotten a chance, such a player starts thinking beyond playing in the league for the three points.”
“He gets another responsibility of trying to fight hard put-up good performances at club level in order to maintain his place at the national team.”
The 2005 league winners lie third on the 16-team log with 10 points and Mubiru insists that he will continue preaching for good football on the pitch from his team knowing that that’s the best way results can come.