By Jane Nambi
The Uganda Cranes striker, Emmanuel Okwi was severely injured during training on Wednesday ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Angola on Saturday.
Okwi had earlier on suffered a thigh injury on Monday and further on twisted an ankle after colliding with central defender, Savio Kabugo during yesterday’s training session. He was escorted off the pitch in pain and was injected with medicine as his road to recovery begun.
If he is not well by tomorrow, there is a high possibility that the Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) striker will not be able to play in the crucial game against Angola’s Palancas Negras. “We are hopeful that he might shake off the injury, but if he does not then I will use the players available like Robert Ssentongo and Daniel Sserunkuma,” said Head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.
Okwi’s injury comes just after goal keeper, Denis Onyango headed back to training also after suffering injury. He netted a goal last weekend in Liberia’s game against Uganda making a 1-0 win for Uganda for the 2014 World Cup Qualifier which saw Uganda move to the second place in its group.
This week’s game is crucial for Uganda. If she wins, she will top her group which at the time is being led by Senegal with 6 points. If she loses, her chances to qualify for the World Cup will reduce. At the moment, Uganda at the moment is the second with five points in the group.
The team manager Chrispus Muyinda said apart from Okwi, all the other players are injury free. “We need to work hard and stay focused as we go into this game,” added Micho.