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Sekagya makes a surprise return for Salzburg

[Posted 15 Mar 2011]
[By Charles Malingha]
Sekagya makes a surprise return for Salzburg

Uganda’s quest to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations after 34 years got the best lift possible at the weekend with the return to fitness of Ibrahim Sekagya.

The 30-year-old Cranes skipper played the entire 90 minutes in Red Bull Salzburg’s 2-2 draw away to SV Josko Ried in the Austrian League on Saturday as he completed a miraculous recovery from broken ankle ligaments sustained three weeks ago.

Sekagya’s availability in Uganda’s third qualifying fixture on March 26 for the 2012 event had all but been vanquished after his Austrian club ruled him out for a month. Coach Bobby Williamson and the nation held their breath in optimism that the country’s most dependable defender recovers in time and the belief was aided by the player’s mental strength.

The Cranes skipper, though, said he had to endure 90 minutes on Saturday under painkillers because of an injury crisis at his club. "I am still on treatment but had to play because the club is currently short of defenders," Sekagya said on face book interview. "I have another league game on Sunday. We wait and see how it goes."

Cranes assistant coach Moses Basena was delighted by the news of the defender’s return. "It is very good news for every Ugandan. The best we could have," said Basena

"If he can come through unscathed between now and the game, that will be fantastic for us. And if all our players can come through their weekend games with no injuries, we’ll go into the game very confident," Basena added.

Cranes coach Bobby Williamson is currently in his home country Scotland on a short holiday. But he will be glad to know goalkeepers Posnet Omwony (Vasco da Gama, SA) and Dennis Onyango (Mpumalanga Black Aces, SA), strikers Brian Umony (Portland Timbers, USA) and Geoffrey Sserunkuma (Bidvest Wits, SA) among others, have had some valuable playing time at their clubs lately.

Cranes top group J with four points after two games.


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