Captain Serunkuma not retiring, Cranes fly to S.Sudan

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Uganda Cranes' captain smile enroute to South Sudan reflects positive results

Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] goal machine, Geofrey Serunkuma, is a reserved player both on and off the pitch. You will hardly hear a word from him even when he scores a goal for his club.

His trademark goal celebrations in the past decade have seen him spreading his hands at his former clubs and the latest style at KCCA FC with his right hand over his head.

The magnificent goal poacher has been handed an armband to captain the Uganda Cranes team vying for a position in the 2018 Total Championship of African Nations (CHAN) to be hosted by neighbouring Kenya.

Sserunkuma welcomed the new role handed to him by Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.

He will be deputised by two players Nico Wadada (Vipers SC) and Bernard Muwanga (Sc Villa Jogoo) who are much junior to him in many aspects like age, caps and experience amassed at international level.

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Wadada played his first senior game for Cranes against Comoros in 2016 while Muwanga made his debut during the 2015 CEACAF Senior Challenge cup in Ethiopia.

“I welcome the role given to me by the coach, his technical team and FUFA. I thank God for this because I have been at the team where younger players came and wore the armband. It is my time now to lead the team but the coach knows why he selected,” said Sserunkuma

“I will show my excitement on the pitch by scoring more goals for my country.”

While speaking to www.fufa.co.ug on the selection of Sserunkuma, the head coach said that the KCCA FC Striker deserves respect from everyone because of his performance and discipline.

His maturity, superiority and ability to lead others gave him an edge over the rest of the players in the team.

“Sserunkuma is like old wine which gets better by age. He has had a superb season scoring more than thirty goals. I have chosen him as the captain because young players can learn from him and can also act as the coach’s extended arm in the field of play,” added the historic Micho who led Uganda Cranes to their first ever Nations cup appearance in 39 years.

The tested and proven goal poacher has scored vital goals for both his club and Country, not forgetting the solitary strike against Cape Verde in Praia and the CAF Champions league against Premeiro Du Agosto of Angola, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, Rivers United of Nigeria and also Al Masry of Egypt.

“I have no plans of retiring from active football. I will continue playing until my body gets worn out,” said Sserunkuma who scored 32 goals for his club last season.

“I always make use of my free time to keep fit and relax. Discipline is also key in modern football circles,” added Serunkuma who was named the MVP at his club last season.

The fruitful forward has featured for several clubs in Uganda; Horizon FC, Police FC, Nalubaale FC, Lweza FC and currently with KCCA FC while across borders he has played for St George of Ethiopia Bloemfontein Celtics, Bidvest Wits and Vasco Da Gama all South African clubs.

With 32 goals written to his name this season, the proven finisher seems still hungry for more playing time on the pitch until the body demands no more.

Cranes fly to South Sudan

Uganda Cranes Head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic named the final squad that travelled to South Sudan on Thursday morning at 11 O’clock.

Uganda and South Sudan will face off in Juba on Friday evening with the return leg set for 22nd July at the Star Times Stadium in Lugogo.

The traditional football handshake by all players and officials just before training.

The players camped at the Africa Bible University in Lubowa last night then flew out today.

The Squad of 18 players to South Sudan

Goalkeepers: Isma Watenga, Ken Saidi

Defenders: Wadada Nico Wakiro, Timothy Awanyi, Muwanga Bernard, Kabugo Savio, Musamali Paul and Adiriko John

Midfielders: Deus Bukenya, Muzamil Mutyaba, Tom Masiko, Muleme Isaac, Majwega Brian, Kagimu Shafiq

Strikers: Geofrey Serunkuma, Mucurezi Paul, Derrick Nsibambi, Kariisa Milton

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