Micho full of praise for Massa
Posted Tuesday, September 24 2013 at 01:00
The forward has scored two in two at his new club, University of Pretoria. Massa has, however, not been as prolific for the Cranes, scoring 10 in 36 games.
Geoffrey Massa is literally playing his way back into the Cranes. And fast.
The striker, whose last competitive game for the national team was the 2-1 win over Angola in June, was dropped for Uganda’s friendly away to Botswana and the World Cup qualifier against Senegal this month, Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic citing unfitness for the player’s absence.
Massa’s explanation was that he was busy working on a work permit at the time, the reason he did not link up with the team in the build-up to the aforementioned games.
Fortunately, his work permit was secured and the former Yenicami forward completed the switch to Premier Soccer League (PSL) side – University of Pretoria, where he has been fast off the blocks, grabbing his second goal in two games at the weekend.
His quick establishment, which saw him also hit the crossbar and have Arrows defence at bay for a good spell in Tuks 2-0 win at the weekend, has strengthened the striker’s claim to return to the Cranes, a claim Micho admits is valid.
“I didn’t manage to watch the game but I spoke to his coach after and he was explaining to me how the special programme to help Massa get back to his best is working,” Micho told Daily Monitor yesterday.
“They set up a special programme for him and he has been working very hard and I’m happy the hard work is paying off. “Geoffrey Massa is an asset of our team (Cranes) and we hope he can bring that form to the national team. I hope he can score 20 more.”
Massa should have given hosts the lead in the 14th minute but was thwarted by former Tuks goalkeeper Siya Mngoma.
But he made amends a minute later when he glanced home a fine header from a free-kick just outside the area. Micho, 44, added: “I’m happy also because Brian Umony scored for Azam against Yanga (3-2 league win) at the weekend and Daniel Sserunkuma scored against Thika (in a 2-0 Cup tie victory).
“That is good that our boys are doing well in their respective leagues. But for now, all the focus is on Chan.”
Massa’s next chance to don a Cranes jersey competitively will, however, wait until the 2015 Nations Cup qualifiers as Uganda will use home based players for December’s Cecafa.
Name: Geoffrey Massa
Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position: Striker
Current club: AmTuks
2004–2005: Police FC
2005–2007: Al-Masry Club
2007–2008: El Shams Club, 5 (4)
2008–2009: Jomo Cosmos 14 (1)
2011-2012: Yenicami Agdelen, 24 (29)
2013 – AmaTuks – 2 (2)