In Summary

  • The Ugandan attacking midfielder abruptly announced his retirement after the Africa Cup of Nations campaign in January that saw him clash with Micho (now at Orlando Pirates) over his style of play.

KAMPALA.

As long as Micho Sredojevic was no longer Uganda Cranes coach, midfielder Luwagga Kizito was always going to overturn his decision to retire from international football.
The Serb is gone, and Luwagga, now with Romanian outfit Clubul Sportiv, has cut short his semi-retirement stance, to play for his national team again.
The attacking midfielder abruptly announced his retirement after the Afcon campaign in January that saw him clash with Micho (now at Orlando Pirates) over his style of play.
“For sure I always miss playing with my brothers. I am now hoping for a call up against Egypt (on August 31),” he told Sunday Monitor.
Luwagga has great hope in Micho’s interim successors; Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba.
“I think those two guys have been making a great role behind the scene. But the world has been only praising the head coach.”
He doesn’t think if summoned, they can play him as a striker, a position he detested under Micho.
“Both coaches always encouraged me to play freely and win the game for the team. We were always good and they seemed to understand me,” said the former Vipers and Rio Ave creative ace.
Luwagga sings Basena and Kajoba’s praise further; “I believe they are the ones who took us there (in Gabon for Afcon) because they were so close to players and always calming us down in tough situations,” he said. Luwagga also has some words of praise about Micho’s four-year reign. “I really do miss Micho who was like a father to me and always guided me. But later on changed.
“Before he could deny me freedom (to play with my style), I could play with a lot of confidence but I think time came and he just wanted to erase me indirectly,” he adds.
According to Kajoba, the doors remain open for the self-exiled players like Luwagga only if they show form.
Elsewhere, Former Orlando Pirates striker Fikru Tefera Lemessa believes Micho has gained enough experience to handle all the complex challenges that come with being head coach at The Bucs.

2018 WC qualifiers

Aug 31: Uganda vs. Egypt
Sept 5: Egypt vs. Uganda