Stoic as he might seem, KCCA FC manager Mike Mutebi must be choking on the barrage of injuries that have hit his camp ahead of their return leg against Esperance in the group stages of the CAF Champions league this weekend.
With the Tunisian outfit set to land on Thursday afternoon, Mike Mutebi’s arsenal has been deprived of three key weapons.
On Wednesday, a downcast Mutebi confirmed that one of his goalscorers in the first leg last week Jackson Nunda would miss Saturday’s return leg because of a muscle injury, while first choice striker Mohammed Shaban has been sold to a yet to be named club.
As if that was not enough, news coming in is that midfielder, Gift Ali, who assisted Jackson Nunda’s 18th minute strike in the Mahgreb country will also be on the sidelines for the weekend clash at the Mandela National stadium.
The soft spoken lad confirmed to Nile Post that he injured his ankle during a 3-0 win over Makindye Select in a practice match on Tuesday.
“I am in pain and I won’t be able to play but I wish the lads good luck.. This is a game I definitely want to play. Not being part of the game I sad but I am positive the lads will do a great job and I will be back soon”
The 3-2 loss to Esperance was Gift’s debut for the Kasasiro boys but he will now have to wait longer to take part in his second match for his new club.
His absence lessens Mike Mutebi’s creative options, but depending on how one views it, this perhaps is a test to the gaffer’s tactical prowess.