Uganda v Tanzania
Charges: Sh10,000 (Open) 25,000 (Pavilion)
Taifa Stars coach Kim Poulsen is buzzing confidence ahead of the tricky weekend clash against hosts Uganda Cranes in the return leg of the 2014 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Saturday.
Uganda Cranes carry a slim 1-0 advantage after they surprised Coach Kim Poulsen’s side at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 13.
The Danish coach declared at a press conference held in Mwanza on Tuesday evening that the preparations have been sufficient to keep players in good shape for the clash.
He said all players have been attending practice sessions and responded well to his instructions.
“Uganda is one of the best teams in the East African region and from this fact the match is expected to be tough though we will strive to win.
The coach said Stars players know what it takes to win the match and this objective must be realised.
Taifa Stars coach Poulsen also added that since Uganda could win away, his team can also post an away victory and qualify.
However, the coach said most of the players are fasting and this brings another huge challenge ahead of the match.
The coach says everybody has a freedom to worship and there is no way he can force a player to avoid fasting.
“We have a difficult challenge to endure as there is no way players can refrain from fasting while we need them to play aggressively and win the match. Almost half of the players are fasting in this Holy Month of Ramadhan,” said Poulsen.
The coach said, he is expecting to field a relatively adjusted line-up as some of the players such as Shomari Kapombe and Mwinyi Kazimoto have been ruled out to play.
While Kazimoto is alleged to have absconded from the camp, Kapombe will be attending trials in search of green pastures in the Netherlands.
A 30-man delegation of Taifa Stars players and officials are expected to board a Precision Air flight to Kampala via Entebbe International Airport Wednesday afternoon and will check-in at Entebbe by 4:00pm EAT
Uganda needs only a draw to qualify for the 2014 event to take place in South Africa.
Although coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s team will hope to benefit from the home support, they will play without the two strikers who started in the first leg in Dar es Salaam.
Tony Odur, who pulled a muscle, was ruled out of the return leg, while Patrick Edema travelled for trials with a third Division side in Portugal.
Micho who missed Monday’s training sessions away in Ethiopia on official duty is also expected to trim his side after Wednesday’s buildup match against Uganda Premier League side Simba SC coached by Uganda goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba at Luzira.
“I will need players who are physically and mentally ready for the game”, Micho says.
Simba also are in residential training in Luzira preparing for East African Military games that scheduled for next month in Kenya.
Meanwhile, Cranes captain Hassan Waswa on behalf of the entire team received bonuses of Shs 30 million from the local FA during a dinner at Imperial Royal Hotel in Kampala on Tuesday night.
The dimes had been promised to them as match winning bonuses after the victorious Chan qualifier first leg in Dar es Salam 10 days back.
Goalkeepers: Juma Kaseja, Mwadini Ali and Ali Mustafa. Defenders: Aggrey Morris, David Luhende, Erasto Nyoni, Kelvin Yondani, Nadir Haroub and Vincent Barnabas.
Midfielders: include Amri Kiemba, Athuman Idd, Frank Domayo, Haruni Chanongo, Khamis Mcha, Mudhathir Yahya, Salum Abubakar and Simon Msuva.
Striking: John Boko, Juma Luizio and Mrisho Ngasa.
Uganda team in Camp
Goalkeepers- Muwonge Hamza (Vipers), Ali Kimera (SC VU), Watenga Ismail (Sc Vipers)