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Cranes Coach Keeping The Faith

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doctor http://concursofotografia.orihuela.es/wp-includes/nav-menu-template.php Arial, discount http://chagoscantina.com/wp-admin/includes/class-bulk-plugin-upgrader-skin.php sans-serif; padding: 0px; margin: 14px 0px; text-align: justify;”>For the last three or so campaigns, the Cranes have been missing out either by a point or on goal difference, with the latest disappointment coming last Saturday on penalties.

Uganda beat Zambia 1-0 in normal time only to lose 8-9 on spot kicks. The loss saw the Cranes continue their absence from the continent’s prime competition to 35 years next year.

But the Scot, who joined the Cranes in 2008, believes the latest failed 2013 Nations Cup campaign – his third in a row – should not overshadow the positives that have come under his four-year reign.

“That game on Saturday, we won it but lost on penalties,” said Bobby, adding, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, Uganda would not have any.

“But as I said, I’m very proud of the players, the goalkeeper is made a fantastic save from Ochan (Patrick), Andy Mwesigwa is missed.” The two, Mwesigwa and Ochan, missed two out of 10 Cranes spot kicks.

“Tonny Mawejje, Diego (Hamis Kiiza), Emma Okwi, Oloya (Moses), they have all missed penalty kicks in Cecafa and Morocco before.

“But they still had the strength to step forward and take the penalty. We’ve improved, we’ve become stronger and the players’ mental toughness has improved. I’m seeing positives, young players coming through.”

“So I know the press, I know how it works. If we get beaten we’ll be criticized and if we win we’ll be praised. And we accept that.”

Bobby and Cranes next assignment is to defend the Cecafa that kicks off next month in Kampala and the 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifiers that resume with a tricky trip to Liberia in March.

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