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Masaba back as captain

Simeon Masaba is back as Uganda Cranes captain and will carry the mantle when the Cecafa champions take on Rwanda’s Amavubi Stars in an international friendly in Kigali on Wednesday.

The URA right back is the official vice-captain to fellow defender Andy Mwesigwa.

Masaba takes over from Hassan Wasswa - now the vice - after the dread-locked midfielder guided the Cranes to their unprecedented 13thCecafa title with a 2-1 final victory over Kenya’s Harambee Stars.Masaba was not considered for the tournament.

“It was never a difficult decision for me,” Cranes coach Bobby Williamson explained to supersport.com the captaincy situation from the team’s training base at Namboole.

“Hassan Wasswa did a great job leading the team in Cecafa and displayed his leadership qualities.”

The Scot added: “But for me it is official. Andy Mwesigwa is the captain of the team. If he is not around, his vice Massa (Masaba) takes over, and if Massa is not available, Hassan has the armband…like that.”

Asked if Wasswa has what it takes to take the armband permanently in future, Bobby said, “It’s up to Hassan to continue working hard. He has what it takes.”

The Cranes leave for Kigali on Tuesday and will not expect an easy ride against an enthusiastic Amavubi side.


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