Senegalese and Newcastle striker Demba Ba is set to miss the World Cup qualifier with Uganda at Namboole today.
Senegal team that beat Liberia 3-1 last weekend
Five Senegalese players will not play in today’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against the Uganda Cranes, due to injury.
Demba Ba is one of the five Senegal players ruled out through injury, with the other four being Moussa Sow, Issiar Dia, Kader Mangane and Souleymane Diawara.
The Senegal team had a very light training session last night at the Namboole stadium and Sengal coach, Joseph Koto, had this to say about the game in mid-week:
“We will be going to Kampala to play our game and get the best possible result. Our aim is not to lose even if we don’t win.”
“We will try to scrape a win but if it appears impossible, we will struggle to settle for a draw. But the situation we want to avoid is a loss to the Cranes.”
And the top Newcastle United and Senegal striker, who is the captain of his country, had this to say last night:
“We are not under pressure since I can create a goal assist for the team, as a result of play against Uganda.”
Uganda managed a point away to Angola last weekend, thanks to Emma Okwi’s 87th equalizer following Djalima Campos’ early goal in Group J of the African World Cup qualifiers.
It’s always a worry when Demba Ba is injured, although he went through all of last season for Newcastle not missing one single game through injury, and we just have to hope it’s not that dodgy knee of his playing up.
And there are now only 52 days left until August 1st, when if the recent news is to be believed, the release clause in Demba Ba’s contract will run out.