Thursday August 21 2014

Niger test for Cranes ahead of Ghana clash

Farouk Miya(R) is also part of the team that

Farouk Miya(R) is also part of the team that will travel to West Africa. Photo BY EDDI CHICCO 



The Cranes will play a warm up game with West African side Niger.
This after Ghana moved the Afcon qualifier by a day to September 6, Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic confirmed the development during Fufa’s weekly press briefing yesterday.
“It will give us an opportunity to look at the players we still have doubts about but also to afford the players some rest rather than travelling directly to Kumasi,” Micho explained.
The coach also announced the team’s training programme that will start on Monday with three days of non-residential workout for the local based players still in pre-season.
The team will then regroup for residential training from 29-31 before flying out on September 1 for the Niger game the following day.
Micho (pictured) also announced a 25-man provisional squad for the Ghana game that has the bulk of the team that claimed a 1-0 away victory over Mauritania in the previous game.
“We are mainly adding the players that did not feature as a result of not being released by their clubs,” he explained.
Strikers Geoffrey Massa, Yunus Sentamu, Denis Onyango and Moses Oloya all missed the Mauritania fixture as a result of the game not falling within the Fifa calendar that requires clubs to release them for international engagements.
There is, however, a debut call up for Tusker FC defender Martin Kiiza and Portugal based Alex Kakuba, who is returning to the side after being dropped for the two Mauritania games.
Strikers Dan Serunkuma and Emma Okwi, however, miss out because of poor form and injury respectively.
“One player is dropped because in our opinion he has not been performing to his standards,” Micho said of Serunkuma while Okwi is said to be recovering from a groin injury.

Provisional Squad
Denis Onyango, Benjamin Ochan, Robert Odongkara, Brian Bwete, Dennis Guma, Isaac Isinde, Andy Mwesigwa, Savio Kabugo, Richard Kassaga, Martin Kiiza Godfrey Walusimbi,Alex Kakuba Khalid Aucho, Godfrey Kizito, Tony Mawejje, Miya Farouk, Brian Majwega, Moses Oloya, Kizito Luwagga, Allan Kyambadde Hamis Kiiza, Robert Ssentongo, Yunus Sentamu, Brian Umony, Massa Geoffrey