By Vision Corespondent in Durban
UGANDA’S coach Mathias Lule is upbeat about his team’s chances at the COPA Coca-Cola International Football Camp tournament starting in Durban, South Africa tomorrow.
Lule, reacting after the tournament draw yesterday said, “the pools are tough but we are ready.”
Uganda is drawn in a pool A with teams from Kenya and Zimbabwe.
The three teams clashed at the group stage last year with Kenya losing to Zimbabwe by a solitary goal before dismissing Uganda 2-1.
Pool B has defending Zambia, last year’s runners-up Tanzania and North African giants Egypt.
There is also Pool C comprising Congo Brazaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and the Kazakhstan outfit.
The last group has South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Rwanda.
The champions Zambia will set the event in motion against Tanzania. Uganda will face Kenya in one of the day’s other matches.
Speaking after the draw was made, Zambia’s coach Bray Sichoonga said that his team faces a tough challenge.
But he quickly added that his charges have what takes to lead the group.
“This is without doubt the toughest group here but we are ready for the competition. We know that you have to beat the best to be the best,” said Sichoonga whose team won the last two editions.
Meanwhile, the players will visit South Africa’s iconic Soccer City Stadium tomorrow.
The stadium was the venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup final.