Uganda Cranes will nurse their wounds on otherwise welcome news of Nestroy Kizito returning to the fold barely a month after quitting.
The 29-year-old communicated to local football body, Fufa, his retirement last month citing need to allow youngsters time to sprout and him to “concentrate on club football.”
But today’s news conference in Mengo to run over events in Congo Brazzaville where Uganda’s 2013 Nations Cup qualification hopes were left hanging on a 3-1 deficit, Fufa publicist Rogers Mulindwa – in a move seemingly to lift the mood – confirmed the defender’s U-turn.
“We’ve been talking to him and he told us that he had rushed his decision (to retire),” said Mulindwa.
“He told us that he was being disturbed by issues to do with his club but now that he is close to getting a new club, he has reconsidered and decided to return to the Cranes.”
Efforts to get confirmation from the former Partizan Belgrade star from his Serbia base by press time were futile as his known mobile phone was switched off.
Cranes coach Bobby Williamson welcomed Kizito’s return saying his experience was still much needed.
“That’s fantastic news,” Bobby told us, “As I said I’ve enjoyed working with Nestroy, he is very talented and between him and Walusimbi (Godfrey) I think he brings in very good competition on the left (defence).”
Kizito was the first to announce his retirement early last month before hitherto Cranes skipper Ibrahim Sekagya (31) and David Obua (late 20s) threw in the towel as well.
While Kizito’s return is welcome, neutrals will argue that areas in need of urgent attention are the central defence departed by Sekagya and central front axis vacated by Obua, whose chances of a comeback with Fufa president Lawrence Mulindwa and Bobby still at the helm are as close as Utoda winning the league title.
Meanwhile, Mulindwa also announced plans of using one of the friendlies they may have organized ahead of the June return leg to have a testimonial for Sekagya for his 15 years in the Cranes.
He deflated the question from a Daily Monitor journalist on why they would not organize one, too, for Obua.
By ANDREW MWANGUHYA, Daily Monitor