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CAF U-17 QUALIFIERS: Cubs players speak ahead of Zambia – Uganda Match

Date: Friday 12 th 09.2014, Kick-off Time: 4:00pm EST
Venue: Nkoloma Stadium, Lusaka
Match officials: Ref: Mehdi Gervais Munyanziza (Rwanda), Ass Ref 1: Honore Simba (Rwanda), and Ass Ref 2: Raymond Nonati Bwiliza (Rwanda), Fourth Official: Abdoul Karim Twagiramukiza (Rwanda)
Match commissioner: Kalombo Bester (Malawi)

Uganda National U-17 team will travel to Zambia on Wednesday to play their youngster counterparts on Friday at the Nkoloma stadium in Lusaka.

The team has been in camp for close to a fortnight now and all the members on the squad right from the technical department to the players are ready for the battle ahead.

Find out what some of the players on the team are saying about the Zambia – Uganda Clash.

Hassan Senyonjo (Midfielder):
“Well I want all people out there to have faith in us. We’re doing pretty well in training as we prepare for the away game and always coach gives us confidence in everything we do. We are working on penetrative passing as well as getting behind the ball if we lost it. So it is a factor of self confidence that can lead us to success.”

Pius Obuya (Left winger):
“I have played with various sides but I have never got this unity anywhere before like it is in this team. And also what amuses me most is that if we have a problem we sit as a team right from the technical down to the players and we solve it and this has helped us a lot. I thank the coach so much because he has advised us a lot on what to do when it comes to individual discipline and sports technicalities.”

Mugume Ashiraf (Attacking midfielder):
First of all I love listening to music and reading books that is how I spend my leisure time so there is no way you will find me being taken by peer groups. To me these peer groups has wasted a lot of talents here in Uganda and I hate living the same way.

When asked about difficulties faced so far during their qualifiers between Seychelles and Rwanda, the lad straight away answered that Rwanda’s game away was a tough one though we managed to win but it taught us a lesson on how to handle tough situations when they happen to come.
Also when asked what he says about Zambia’s tie? He said they want to stick to coach’s tactics which has been their major weapon for them to win on their opponents.

Joel Jangeyambe (Right Back):
“I think this is a big opportunity for us, we must all use it to sell our identity out there. I know Zambia is into our way but our mind is beyond that. We have activated our regime and we want to leave a landmark. So it’s now or never because opportunity only comes once so I look forward to maintain my personal standard by listening to what coaches say and I feel that is the only way to go if I want to achieve success.”

Kato Samuel (Central Defender):
We are assured of this win because the coach has prepared us well both mentally and physically. We started this campaign on a winning note so we must end up with victory with that I assure Ugandans. Our dreams as a team is to play in world cup in Chile come next year.

Cubs had a Build Up game last Friday against Tranova Academy of which they won 5 – 1 before  losing to Bul 0 – 1

Additional reporting by: Joseph Mutaka
Uganda Cranes Media Officer/CHAN

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