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Cranes Coach Basena: We Are Not Bothered By Missing Players

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Coach Basena holding a ball at a previous game

Uganda Cranes will tomorrow (Saturday) look to improve their chances of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a victory against Ghana’s Black stars.

If that will be achieved, it will be done in the absence of two vital players in Murushid Juuko and Khalid Aucho who are suspended after accumulating 3 yellow cards in this ongoing World cup qualifying campaign.

Cranes Coach Moses Basena in a press conference held at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole today afternoon, has revealed that his side will not dearly miss the suspended players.

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“I have to say that we are in absolutely good shape. We have always been strong as a unit, so we are not bothered by our missing players,” said Basena.

Midfielder Khalid Aucho is set to be replaced by either Tonny Mawejje or Ivan Ntege.

Murushid Juuko will be replaced by either Savio Kabugo, Timothy Awany or Bernard Muwanga to partner Isaac Isinde in the heart of the defence.

Basena however is not worried about the team’s selection: “Ahead of this encounter, my only worry is the pitch which is in a sorrow state.”

The Namboole playing surface is visibly in poor shape following the masses that had graced the Independence Night overnight prayers held by the House of prayer ministries of Pastor Bujingo.

Ghana recently named their squad to face the Cranes with some of their top players left out.

Asamoah Gyan and the Ayew brothers were left out.

“We are playing a much organised Ghana side but that doesn’t concern us. We think about Ghana as a team and I believe that those youngsters want to prove something. So they want to fight and I believe that any player named on the National side is good enough,” concluded Moses Basena.

Savio Kabugo ready for the encounter

When these teams last met in Namboole, Savio Kabugo scored the lone goal as the Cranes recieved a 1-0 narrow victory.

The goalscorer is now in upbeat mood ahead of this game, “We are in good spirit and ready to give our best. “We are aware that Ghana are a stronger side by we will put up a great show.”

Uganda are second in Group E with 7 points, Ghana in third with 5 points as Egypt are still on top of the log with 9 points.

Congo are bottom of the table with just one point and are mathematically out of the World cup qualification Campaign.


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