Cranes Coach Confident Of Away Form
Cranes coach Bobby Williamson is upset with the local media’s continued reference of Uganda's shaky trips in international qualifiers ahead of yet another journey to West Africa.
And the Scot is desperate not to let that 'mentality' into his team as the Cranes entered day four of preps at Namboole on Thursday for what could be Bobby's most testing month of June.
The Cranes open their 2014 World Cup qualification away to Angola on June 3 before welcoming Senegal six days later.
Then there is the Congo Brazzaville 2013 Nations Cup return leg on June 16 in which Uganda must overturn a 3-1 deficit to make the final round of qualification.
But with Cranes starting off where they suffered a 2-0 humbling from the Palancas Negras last year, talk of the away Achilles heel just can’t go away.
"That negative talk that we never win away from home and that we struggle against West African teams is not helping," said Bobby.
"It's not true we don’t win away from home. We have won many Cecafas outside Uganda, we beat Guinea Bissau in the last campaign, we beat a very good Morocco side at their home (LG Cup) and we have won games in the Nile Basin.”
"So this negativity from some people and you the press is a wrong mentality. That inferiority complex will not help us.”
Bobby added: “I have no fear to go anywhere in Africa and win a football match. (And) You should know that in Africa it is very difficult to win away from home.
“You have got to be a very strong team to win away from home. I have faith in these guys let’s support them. On our day we can beat anyone."
Uganda’s 1-0 win over Guinea Bissau last year was the first away in the qualifiers against a West African side.
Elsewhere, the Scottish coach is keeping cards close to his chest on Geoffrey Massa’s replacement, the striker having been ruled out with a knee injury on Wednesday.
Bobby insisted that both Geoffrey Sserunkuma (Vasco da Gama, SA) and Hamis Kiiza (Yanga, TZ), together with the five strikers already in his invited squad stand a chance to be called on to lead the line but that the door remains open for those out of the contingent to be called.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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