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Cranes coach Micho furious with striker Sentamu

by Nnalubaale Sports
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Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has expressed rage towards Yunus Sentamu amidst the ongoing fracas involving the two, alongside the local football governing body, FUFA.

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

Everything seemed to have changed for the better though, on Monday, when the Serbian clarified that the striker would join 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 early afternoon training, the 52 year old seemed to backtrack the decision, sounding sharp and embittered with the goal poacher.

“I have nothing to comment (on Sentamu’s situation). I am the coach here, not a babysitter,” the resentful tactician said to the media at Kisasi Paradise hotel.

However, the most recent reports have put it that the two parties, Micho and Sentamu met later on Tuesday to reach to a common ground, but, nothing has been communicated thus far.

In the 2021 Airtel FUFA Awards, Sentamu was selected among the individuals for the Player of the Year but he snubbed the nomination because of his religious beliefs as one of the main sponsors was a beer company.

It should also be remembered that during the Uganda Cup final, Sentamu took home the match ball after scoring four goals in the finals against Bul FC.

Well, elsewhere, it’s a norm giving a player the ball after scoring thrice or more as a token in a given game. But, surprisingly, the striker was asked to return the FIFA ball a thing he declined hence damaging his relationship with the federation.

Fast forward, 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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