Eric Kenzo Kambale was in May 2021 summoned to the Uganda Cranes squad which was preparing for an international friendly game against South Africa.
Kambale is the most recent prolific striker in Uganda. Therefore, after his inclusion in the squad, many a football fans in the country were all praises for the then interim Cranes coach Abdallah Mubiru. He had brought a player many thought would help solve a challenge of not scoring goals by the national team.
However, under unclear circumstances, Kambale was a no show as the team prepared, traveled and lost 3-2 to South Africa.
The forward would go on to miss as new coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic named a side that failed to score a goal as Uganda drew 0-0 in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Kenya (away) and Mali (home) respectively.
After the two dull stalemates, Ugandans continued to ask questions about the striker’s continuous omission. And when he scored one of the goals as Express defeated Al Merrikh of Sudan 2-1 in the Caf Champions league on Friday, the need to let the cat out of the bag as far as his absence is concerned arose.
While appearing on a weekly sports show on Nxt radio,Micho Saturday explained why the Express FC man is yet to wear the Uganda colours.
“I called Eric Kambale up to the national team but I discovered that he has already represented Congo at national team level,” he said before adding, “we are talking to FIFA and if we get clearance, he will join the Uganda Cranes team. He is a very good player and will be important for us.”
The Serbian was as well remorseful to how his side plays in the final third of the pitch.
“We are very disappointed in our attacking output. We haven’t done enough in the attack, and this is something we are working on before we face Rwanda. You will see several surprise inclusions in the next call up.”
” We are a team in transition with several players retired. We also had a lockdown, and sports were closed. In that short period, we were working to make our players ready to compete at the highest level.” Micho noted.
Ahead of the double header against Rwanda next month, Micho is optimistic that Uganda can get better results.
“In respect of all the lovers of the Uganda Cranes, we shall give our all in the remaining games in the World Cup qualifiers to see that we perform the best.
For those calling for his head because the team is playing unromantic football, the Serbian Wolf responded, “right now, what matters is results more than the style of play. Results give you confidence, and then the style can come in.”
Micho further added that, “before we speak of style of play, let us have facilities in place to promote grassroots football.”
He revealed that Uganda’s failure to have a uniform style of play stems from poor grassroot facilities.
“School fields are terrible, and children aren’t taught to play passing football. I believe we are capable of improving our football overall.”
After two games, Uganda is second from bottom with two points in group E. Mali tops the table with four points, Kenya is second with two while Rwanda sits at the base with just a point.