CRANES tactician, Leo Adraa, is confident the humiliating defeat to Rwanda in front of the 50,000-strong crowd on June 7 at Namboole will inspire his team to victory against Mauritius on Saturday.
Adraa disclosed that Cranes perceive success this weekend as the only form of repayment for the disappointment they dealt their passionate fans, who supported the team with bristling confidence.
â€œWe have managed to stay without injuries and the confidence in the camp is high especially with what happened in our failed campaign for Tunisia 2004,â€ he said.
Adraa expressed optimism that his remorseful players will perform well because the burden of expectation had been lifted since that defeat.
â€œIt is one reason as to why Edgar Watson had to return from his retirement and help rectify what happened then.â€
Argentine-based defender Ibrahim Sekajja is expected in the country today and should add steel to Cranes back four that has been problematic to Adraa.
The Ferro Carrile Oeste player will be joined by US-based defender Sulaiman Tenywa tomorrow.
â€œThe only problem is at the back and I wish to have them at least a day before for a trial training session,â€ said Adraa.
The Indian Ocean Island minnows Mauritius jet in today. The 25-man contingent will be accommodated at City Regency Hotel, Kampala.
Zimbabwean referees Felix Tangawarima, Christopher Manuel, Brighton Mudzamini and Bouyed Ngoni, who arrive today, will handle the match.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will also send match inspector Eshetu Shiferaw of Ethiopia in a bid to overcome the infamous happenings of June 7 when Cranes lost to Rwanda.
Cranes set â€“ Adraa