Cranes' Onyango: Eyes On The Prize
Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango trained with the Cranes for the first time on Wednesday after arriving from his South African club, Mamelodi Sundowns, and called on them to move on from last year’s disappointment.
Onyango and the Vietnam-based duo of Moses Oloya and Brian Umony we the new additions to the Cranes camp as Bobby Williamson’s side prepare for Sunday’s 2014 World Cup qualifier away in Angola.
Andy Mwesigwa (Kazakhstan) and the Iceland duo of Tonny Mawejje and Abel Dhaira – the only players not in camp yet – are expected to train on Thursday before the team depart the following morning.
Having played in every one of the six games in the failed 2012 Nations Cup qualification campaign, including the disappointing goalless draw against Kenya last October that all but ended Uganda’s hopes, Onyango knows how painful it felt.
“It was hurting to all Ugandans and to us the players,” said Onyango after training.
“We expected to beat our neighbours Kenya at home but we didn’t manage. It was heartbreaking.”
Onyango added: “But that is in the past. Now we have to lift ourselves and focus on this new campaign, which I think we have a chance at.”
“If we focus and stick together and give our all, we have a chance. Crying over the last campaign will not help now.”
Onyango kept five clean sheets and conceded just two goals – ironically away in Angola - in the said campaign.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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