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URA FC gets off to strong start

By Vision Reporter

Added 15th December 2008 03:00 AM

MIDFIELDER Tonny Mawejje notched the first goal of the 2008 Tusker Challenge Cup as URA FC launched their campaign with a 1-0 victory over home side Mtibwa in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

MIDFIELDER Tonny Mawejje notched the first goal of the 2008 Tusker Challenge Cup as URA FC launched their campaign with a 1-0 victory over home side Mtibwa in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

By Fred Kaweesi
and Swalley Kenyi
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Mtibwa 0 URA 1
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Yanga v URA
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Masaka select 0 Cranes 2
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Jinja select v Cranes

MIDFIELDER Tonny Mawejje notched the first goal of the 2008 Tusker Challenge Cup as URA FC launched their campaign with a 1-0 victory over home side Mtibwa in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Ugandan representatives URA picked the winning goal after a goal mouth melee in the 60th minute. Coach Moses Basena blamed the lack of sharpness in front of goal on the Astro-turf pitch.

“We were not under any danger but the carpet and the hot weather had an effect on the way we played,” Basena said after the win.

Organisers have also irked URA by rescheduling their game against Yanga to Wednesday from Friday. Yanga, Mtibwa and URA are pooled in Group A while Tanzanian champions Simba, Prisons and Tusker form Group B of the tournament where the winning club will pocket sh40m.

Cranes boss Bobby Williamson has decided to hand Iceland-based defender Andrew Mwesigwa the team’s captaincy as the countdown starts to Cranes’ opening fixture against Rwanda in the CECAFA Challenge Cup.

The Scottish coach feels no other candidate, with the exception of Simeon Masaba, will be capable of delivering the regional trophy that has eluded the nation since 2003.

Mwesigwa represents the embodiment of his brand of spirit that should turn Cranes’ Group A opponents Rwanda and Tanzania into ‘journeymen.’

“He is a true professional with enough experience. He is also a leader and that’s what we need,” Williamson said after training yesterday.

Former Cranes boss Laszlo Csaba also entrusted the combative defender with the team’s captaincy during last year’s futile CECAFA bid.

Uganda’s opening game against Rwanda is on January 1 at Nakivubo stadium. “I don’t worry about any side or anybody. What I would worry about is if I had injuries in my team;” Williamson says.

Williamson already feels the quality at his disposal is good enough to match the very best. “It’s a fantastic and talented group that is doing well in everything we are trying in training. If players behaved professionally through the festive season then there is no reason why they shouldn’t win this championship.”

URA FC gets off to strong start

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