Andy Mwesigwa and his Cranes teammates will need 90 minutes of a professional show, yet the skipper will have had only an hour or so to reignite the cAndy Mwesigwa and his Cranes teammates will need 90 minutes of a professional show, yet the skipper will have had only an hour or so to reignite the chemistry that so lacked in the 2-1 away defeat to Madagascarhemistry that so lacked in the 2-1 away defeat to Madagascar.
The Kazakhstan-based defender will be in action for his FC Ordabasy in a league match tomorrow, thereafter travel and arrive in Kampala Thursday night and join up with teammates with the final training session on Friday, 24 hours before the 2015 Nations Cup pre-qualifier against the Malagasy.
Ordabasy are currently struggling in sixth with 18 points after 13 games and will not want to miss Mwesigwa’s efforts as one of their influential players.
They are not obliged to release him since the second and third round of preliminary qualifiers are not on the Fifa calendar.
“We are in touch with the people of his club,” Micho Sredojevic, the Cranes coach, told Daily Monitor after yesterday’s training at Namboole. “It is like a suicide bombing attack not keeping such a player with you. If he is ready to sacrifice and immediately come after the match to come join us, we will give him a chance.
“Everything is still open and we are waiting on Wednesday’s game (his club’s) so as to give our judgment in Friday’s training session. You will have to look (at) how his body language will be, how his mindset will be in that moment.”
Must he play?
Yet Mwesigwa’s performance in Madagascar, never mind the shadow showing from the rest of Cranes players - bar debutant (competitive match) goalkeeper Ismail Watenga - hardly calls for alarm bells should he miss.
Besides, Isaac Isinde and Henry Kalungi, who partnered him in Madagascar, have been working together for the past week and played together well in the 2013 Cecafa championships.
“There are advantages and disadvantages of that,” explained Micho, “All the players here, whether two of them or one of them, are competing equally with Mwesigwa for that place.
“We need to know the advantage of those people here is that they are training together and the advantage of Mwesigwa is immense experience that he has in his legs. That is the judgment we have to make after training on Friday.”