By James Bakama
IN the aftermath of Uganda’s 2014 Africa Nations Championship draw yesterday, respectable personalities in Uganda’s football circles offered their opinions on what Cranes must do to ensure a successful campaign. Below are excerpts.
Kennedy Mutenyo, Copa Coca Cola Deam team manager:
“It is important that we know what we want. If I was the one in charge, I would take a development side. I would concentrate on for instance our national U-20 side. If we go with intentions of winning the tournament, we shall be cheating football. We could borrow a leaf from Nigeria. Coach Stephen Keshi fielded a development side at the just concluded Confederations Cup. This is the time to start planning four years ahead so that by the next World Cup qualifiers, we have a formidable side.”
Fred Kajoba, Cranes assistant coach:
“Zimbabwe shouldn’t be a problem. Remember that we beat them in the CECAFA semi-finals. You have also certainly not forgotten that we beat Morocco in the LG Cup. Burkina Faso could be the only problem. Personally, I would be more scared if we had been drawn with teams like Ethiopia, Egypt or South Africa. These are teams with very strong sides because the bulk of their best players are locally based.”
Timothy Ayeko, former Cranes midfielder:
“We have a good team. All we lack is exposure. So, there is need to play build-up matches. It will also be good if these matches are against teams that have qualified in the other groups. Morocco should have been a threat. But these North African teams are no longer that strong. I am confident that we have the potential of making it from the group.
Patrick Luwandagga, former USPA president:
Morocco is a strong team. I don’t know much about the Burkina Faso league. Most of Zimbabwe’s cream ends up in the South African league. We should be able to overcome Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe and qualify.”