3rd August 2019
CHAN 2020 Qualifiers (Central East Zone)
Uganda vs Somalia, 4pm
Star Times Stadium, Lugogo
10,000/- Ordinary, 50,000/- VIP
Sunday 4th August 2019
South Sudan vs Burundi 4pm
Charges: 5,000/= (Ordinary) and 20,000= (VVIP)
The Uganda Cranes is set to take on Somalia and not just to win but to do so with flair and glamour to the appeasement of their dear fans.
According to interim Uganda Cranes coach Abdallah Mubiru his charges are in the best possible shape ahead of the return leg of the first round of the CHAN 2020 qualifiers. The Cranes take on Somalia on Saturday at the Star Times stadium in Lugogo beaming with confidence after a 3-1 win in the first leg fixture played last weekend in Djibouti when Somalia played hosts.
‘I like the attitude of my players. We have a two-goal cushion but we are not getting carried away. We are going to play to win and hope to do so in style. We tried the same away though our opponents tried as much to make it difficult for us but now we shall be in front of our fans with the home advantage and crowd behind us. It will be a different story’ stated Mubiru
‘In our training the whole of this week we have mainly focused on efficiency and finishing off our chances because we got many in Djibouti but couldn’t utilize them. The score could have been six or more goals. We will also endeavor to be extra careful at the back because we conceded a late goal in the game that was easily avoidable simply because we were pressing so high and everybody was lost in the moment hence laxity’ noted Mubiru.
Two faces that featured in the first leg will not be part of the team on Saturday as team captain Timothy Awany and Tadeo Lwanga have since been released from camp to allow them finalise personal career matters.
Proline FC solid defender and Stanbic Uganda Cup 2019 MVP Mustafa Mujuzi will step in for Awany to skipper the team against Somalia. He will be deputised by Muzamir Mutyaba.
‘Mujuzi is naturally a leader with such great attributes. He is very co-operative, friendly and listens to everybody and I trust he will steer this team very well’ Mubiru commented on Mujuzi’s appointment.
The winner of this fixture will play either South Sudan or Burundi who face off on the same pitch on Sunday 4th August 2019.
Main Photo: Nicholas Kasozi with the ball challenged by Allan Okello during training at Lugogo