Eric Kambale’s form for Express FC this season has been incredible, earning him his first national call up with the Uganda Cranes, but it seems he will have to wait longer for his debut.
The Express FC striker whose nationality is also a cause for concern as he can represent both Uganda and DR Congo, was one of 10 players handed their first national call ups for the Cranes international friendly against South Africa due June 10 in Johannesburg.
With the Cranes already holding two training sessions so far, Kambale has been among the notable absentees from Abdallah Mubiru’s team.
Mubiru revealed on Monday that there were up to three players who were awaiting medical clearance prior to their arrival to the team’s camp at the Paradise Hotel in Kisaasi.
Football256 understands that Kambale was among those players, and will not be joining camp after testing positive for coronavirus.
The striker has been asked to adhere to a period of self-isolation at home, underlining the problems facing Uganda as the number of positive cases continue to rise.
SC Villa defender Gavin Kizito is also reported to have returned positive COVID-19 results and was also put under isolation.
Additionally, Express defender Murushid Juuko had concerns with his fitness and had to undergo further assessment but he has joined the team.
Kambale’s absence is the reason why Mubiru replaced him with URA FC striker Steven Mukwala, while Geoffrey Wasswa was called to replace his SC Villa teammate Kizito.
Meanwhile, sources have intimated to this website that there is a plot to have Kambale – who is said not to show mild COVID-19 symptoms play in the Uganda Cup return leg at Lugogo despite his health concern.
This has shaken KCCA FC who are now under alert should such a move be effected by the Red Eagles which exposes their players to a risk of contracting the virus.