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Football | Uganda

Tony Odur @ SS com

Cranes gunning for Kigali victory



Uganda Cranes are confident of picking up a win in Kigali when they take on Rwanda’s Amavubi Stars in an international friendly on Wednesday.

The two sides will be meeting for the first time since Uganda beat Rwanda 3-2 in a penalty shootout, normal time having ended 2-2, to lift the 2011 Cecafa Cup in Dar es Salaam.

And when Cranes coach Bobby Williamson leads his 18-man squad to Kigali on Tuesday evening, he will be telling his boys to go for nothing but victory.

“I just want a victory as usual,” said Bobby before the team departed Kampala, “But it’s going to be difficult because I have not got a lot of time to work with these guys.

“But we’ll keep working hard towards the Chan and also working towards the World Cup qualifiers.”

Uganda’s next World Cup qualifier is away to Liberia next month before a return leg in June while home-based players will take on Tanzania in the 2014 Chan qualifiers same month.

But Bobby and his troops will be going into the match with all odds against them. The Cranes have never won in Kigali and will want that record erased.

The Scot has already disregarded the record instead asking that he be judged by his time with the Cranes.

And Rwanda’s assistant captain, who will skipper the Amavubi in the absence of Olivier Karekezi, has already made it clear they will have a go at Cranes.

“We have to show that we are capable of doing well, after failing to do that on a number of occasions last year,” Haruna Niyonzima told Times Sport.

“This time we need to show that we are progressing well as a team, we must make better use of home advantages to demonstrate to Rwandans that we’re a good team.”

Bobby is likely to start with Simba’s Abel Dhaira in goal with skipper Simeon Masaba manning the right back, KCCA’s Habib Kavuma on the left, and Victoria University’s pair of Denis Guma and Savio Kabugo completing the central defence.

Hassan Wasswa, skipper of the just ended Cecafa in Kampala, will sit deep with Saidi Kyeyune and Mike Sserumaka completing the midfield trident.

Azam’s Brian Umony, debutant and Gor Mahia striker Daniel Sserunkuma and Yanga’s Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza orchestrating a three-man attack.

Traveling squad

Goalkeepers: Hamza Muwonge (Vipers), Abel Dhaira (Simba,Tz)

Defenders: Simeon Masaba (URA), Savio Kabugo and Denis Guma (both Victoria), Fahad Kawooya and Habib Kavuma (both KCCA)

Midfielders: Hassan Wasswa, Brian Majwega (KCCA), Saidi Kyeyune (URA), Mike Sserumaga (Proline), Joseph Mpande (Vipers), Willy Kavuma (Express), Ali Feni (URA).

Strikers: Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza (Yanga, Tz), Daniel Sserunkuma (GorMahia, Kenya), Brian Umony (Azam, Tz), Tony Odur (KCCA)

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