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Uganda Cubs players in exclusive theory session at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru

COMPETITION: U-17 Total CAF Africa Cup of Nations Zonal Qualifiers

DATE: 13 – 28, December 2020

HOST: Rwanda

The U-17 qualifiers will attract 9 countries divided into three groups

  • Group A: Rwanda, Eritrea and South Sudan
  • Group B: Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya
  • Group C: Sudan, Djibouti and Tanzania.

Ahead of the forthcoming CAF U-17 Zonal CECAFA Qualifiers, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has boosted the Cubs training camp in Njeru with yet again another theory session to compliment with the routine physical drills on the field of play.

The first class was handled by the former player and coach Vincent Tumusiime, also popularly known as Titi Kamara early this week.

The module that was held by experienced CAF instructor Livingstone Kyambadde expounded most on the players’ future development both on and off the field of play.

Livingstone Kyambadde

While explaining to players about teamwork, Kyambadde recited on how egoism can never take a player thus far.

When you win, you win as a team not as an individual. This means I win, you win and the team wins‘ noted Kyambadde, a Senior CAF Coaching Instructor while explaining to players.

He taught players on how bad peer groups can derail and spoil their future if they’re not careful.

‘Bad association can spoil good habit.’ Kyambadde fore warned the extremely attentive players.

‘Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Are you guys prepared to grab this opportunity of being summoned to the national team?’ he posed.

He further handled different aspects of the module where he hinted on various topics as below listed.

  • What every player needs to know?
  • Why are you playing?
  • When you reach don’t forget.
  • Ability can take you to the top, but character can keep you there
  • The best way to predict the future is to create it
  • Extra blessings come from extra effort
  • Do not lie, because when you lie you make the problem part of the future
  • Do not make permanent decision for a temporary situation
  • Amongst other topics

Meanwhile player Simon Mukisa and head coach Hamza Lutalo gave a vote of thanks in appreciation to what Kyambadde delivered.

On player’s behalf, I want to thank the instructor of the day for these wonderful words of encouragement. We promise we shall all these words not only during our stay in camp but in entire life. Trust me this is life time knowledge acquired. We thank Management for organizing us such classes. We never remain the same‘ Mukisa disclosed.

Hamza Lutalo

Head coach Hamza Lutalo said ‘The class has helped us a lot because players were so much nervous and bothered with the issue of being sent home for not making it to the final cut. But his lecturing hinted most on all these attributes of life where players were told that being trimmed off the team is not the end of life. It calls for one to work hard so that next time he is ready to grab the chance.’

The tournament will be held in Rwanda from 13 – 28, December 2020. Uganda is in group B with finalists Ethiopia and arch rivals Kenya.

This year’s edition will have 9 countries taking part namely host Rwanda, reigning champion Uganda, Eritrea, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Djibouti and Tanzania

The top two finalists will get a ticket to play in the 2021 U17 AFCON in Morocco as CECAFA agents.

Tanzania hosted the last edition of the championship in 2019 that was won by Uganda who beat Ethiopia 3-1 in the final.

UK based, Basil Tenywa during a demonstration

Players in camp

Mwebe Henry, Oryoth Humphrey, Norman Rukari, Mukisa Daniel, Magada Abdul, Mulema Vincent, Waswaga Shafic, Juma Ibrahim, Enock Luyima, Gover Peter, Madoi Ronald, Ssebulime Pius, Mukisa Simon, Kato Derrick, Irinimbabazi Ivan, Mukiibi Yasin, Bawunda David, Opaala Edwin, Mutyaba Travis,  Mudiba Samir, Elvis Muwonge, Kalisa Shugai, Sekibengo Godfrey, Bugembe Issa,  Kifumba Faizo, Mawa Oscar, Odongo Allan, Kigundu Allan, Kyeyune Abasi, Basil Tenywa, Magogo Shafik, Christopher Nyongesa, Opio Alex, Mubiru Hassan, Jumbe Fahad