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Ugandan international Simeon Masaba faces a race against time to be fit for the Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya next weekend.

The URA vice-captain limped off with a hip problem in their 2-0 win over Maroons on Friday after 14 minutes.

He also sat out Uganda Cranes training on Saturday but the team coordinator Crispus Muyinda told on Sunday morning they were hopeful Masaba would recover just in time.

“The doctor is monitoring him closely and we have given him a three-day rest to see how he responds to treatment,” Muyinda said.

“Let’s see also how he comes off tomorrow and we are hopeful he could be involved in some drills on Tuesday.” Masaba has been a mainstay in all five Uganda qualifying games.

Uganda host Kenya next Saturday in a must win encounter as the East African neighbours jostle for a ticket to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea Nations Cup next year.

The Cranes, who top Group J on 10 points, need a win to qualify while third-placed on seven points, Harambee Stars, must beat Uganda and then hope Angola fall to Guinea Bissau to progress.

Meanwhile, Turkish-based defender Hassan Wasswa, Andy Mwesigwa, who plies his trade in Kazakhstan and St George’s Isaac Isinde arrived in the country on Saturday night in time to join residential camp at Sky Hotel, Kampala with the rest of the team.

The rest of the foreign-based stars are expected home on Monday and Tuesday, with the last two arriving on Wednesday.

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