Sredojevic says just as much as he believes in Bukenya he cannot be calling him up to play in a “sensitive” position like centre-back when he is spending more time on the bench and in the stands than on the field.
“I am still following him just like I have always followed him and I know that he is a good boy who is always hard working,” Micho tells KickOff.com.
“However, the challenge is that the position which he plays is very sensitive in the national team and I have to use someone with actual match fitness. In that position I can only use someone who is playing at his club.”
Since his arrival at Chiefs a year ago Bukenya has been stuck down the pecking order in the central defence position finding it difficult to move up as Amakhosi have been solid at the back with Tefu Mashamaite as the first choice being partnered with either Morgan Gould or Mulomowandau Mathoho.
“Once he manages to finally penetrate at Chiefs then I will call him up again. It is important that I call up players that are playing at their clubs,” Micho continues.
“The other players that I have in the national team are playing at their clubs so that is what puts them at an advantage. It is not like they are far ahead of him in terms of what they can do on the field.
“I know that some people might be of the opinion that he is at a professional club and competing with international players but the reality is that to be match fit you need to be playing.”
Bukenya has only started one Absa Premiership match since arriving at Chiefs, with his other five starts coming in the CAF Champions League.
This season he has only been used thrice as a late substitute.
Uganda is still holding hope of qualifying for next year’s Afcon finals, with wins in their remaining games against Guinea (in Casablanca, Morocco) and Ghana (home) enough to secure them one of two qualifying spots in Group E.
The Cranes have not qualified for the Afcon finals since 1978.