There is No Need to Rush Mohammad Shaban – Micho

Uganda Cranes head coach, health Milutin Sredejovic “Micho” has expressed his opinion about the growing concern of having youngster Muhammad Shaban to have a slot in the national team given his splendid performance in the recent past.

Micho believes the Onduparaka skipper just at the age 18 has the full potential to become a lethal striker but there is no need to rush him because he has grown gradually over the years and he is taking the right path.

“I have received many calls asking me to have Shaban in the national team but I believe we should not rush him, ” Micho said.

“We are extremely proud of Mohammad Shaban and I must say there is no player in the recent history of Ugandan football that has gradually grown like him,” Micho stated.

“He was with Matia Lule in the U17 team two years ago, then graduated to the U20 and now he has knocked on the national team,” added the Serbian tactician.

Micho noted that as the technical team, they have Shaban in their plans but indicated he should be handled the same way Miya Farouk was handled.

“We almost had a similar concern with Miya. We first invited him as a guest player, then he was in camp for the Madagascar game, he played Cranes regional tours until he got his debut against Seychelles,” stressed Micho.

“And it is exactly what we are doing with Shaban, after guiding Onduparaka to winning promotion to the top tier league and Uganda cup finals, we invited him for Crane’s regional matches in Mbale and Masaka and the humanitarian game in Nakasongola and we have been monitoring him.”


The Cranes head coach assured the public that Shaban is in good hands and will therefore raise up the ranks when the right time comes.

“He has started to join the national team fold, he was called in the provisional squads for games against Comoros and Ghana and we gave him his Senior national team debut in the friendly against Zambia, so I believe he is going through organic growth,” said the Serbian coach.

Mohammad Shaban guided Onduparaka to joining the Uganda premier league scoring 13 goals in the big league and also helped the West Nile side reach this year’s Uganda cup final scoring 7 goals and scooping the MVP award.

He now jointly leads the top scorer’s charts in the Uganda premier league with 7 goals and was also shortlisted for the 2016 Fufa Male footballer of the year.

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