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Football | Uganda

Sekagya backs Cranes to recover



Former Uganda Cranes captain Ibrahim Sekagya retains hope the side he captained for a decade can forge their way again even after the weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Liberia.

Patrick Wleah and Anthony Laffor’s goals in either half were enough to seriously dampen Uganda’s chances of ever qualifying for Brazil 2014 World Cup.

The result left Bobby Williamson’s side bottom of Group J on just two points from three games. Senegal lead the standings with five points, Liberia on four and Angola with three.

Uganda must now win all their remaining three games and hope Senegal drop four points to top the group and progress to the final round.

The three games are against Liberia and Angola at Namboole (June 7, 15), and Senegal in Conakry on September 8.

Quite a task but Sekagya, the Red Bull Salzburg defender and former Uganda international, still has hope and believes the Cranes could have lost because they lack of a player who can take matters in his own hands.

“The only person that I could be missing right now in such games would be [David] Obua,” Sekagya told a Ugandan publication, the Daily Monitor, from his base in Austria, adding, “But I believe they have the ability to win their remaining matches.”

Many a time Obua, before he retired from international football, came to the Cranes rescue when his colleagues seemed short of the right questions to ask their opponents.

That was the case in Liberia as the Lone Stars for most of the match dictated proceedings.

And for the few chances that the Cranes created fell to forwards Emma Okwi, Geoffrey Massa and Robert Sentongo but none could convert them.

Sekagya’s rallying call was echoed by Obua, who is currently training at the University of Pretoria and could soon make a return to the PSL, if all goes according to plan.

“The scoreline suggests that we didn't have a solid back-line,” said Obua, “But I would imagine it wasn't our day because our team is good enough. They need to turn their mistakes into learning opportunities.”

Meanwhile, the Cranes will now return home on Wednesday morning after Ethiopian Airlines reportedly changed their flight earlier scheduled to fly to Kampala on Tuesday morning.

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