Uganda face striker's crisis

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The match is scheduled for Friday at Nakivubo Stadium. Both teams drew 2-2 after the first leg in Asamara two weeks ago.

Csaba said top striker Ceaser Okhuti is missing, three other players strikers Moses Aduni and Brian Olobo plus Sam Ssenoga have no passport thus can not play against Eritrea.

“These are four key players missing from the side ahead of a crucial match,” a worried Csaba said.

“This is frustrating for any coach. It is difficult in this modern era for a player to claim that he has no passport. You cannot play an international match with a passport.”

Csaba was particularly bitter about Okhuti who has gone missing since early this week.

“The boy has not even communicated with me; I just heard he played for his team in Northern region on Wednesday against Maroons. That is a lack of discipline,” he concluded.

Csaba is likely to turn to Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Tony Odour and Anthony Bongole, scorer of the opening goal in Asmara.

Meanwhile, Berhane Rezene, head coach for Eritrea national football team is confident they will emerge winners on Friday.

“It is going to be difficult to play for a 3-3 draw but a 1-0 win is possible,” said a confident coach who has been in charge of the team for only 15 games.

Rezene singled out Bongole, Okhuti and Dan Wagaluka as the players to watch.

“Cranes is a very skillful side but these three players are the key,” he added.