Mawejje Confident Cranes Will Prevail
Uganda Cranes midfielder Tonny Mawejje admits Senegal pose a tough challenge on Saturday but denies that beating them is an impractical task.
The Cranes entertain Senegal, who arrived in Uganda on Thursday night, at Namboole Stadium on Saturday in match day two of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
The last time the two met in Kampala was in the 2002 World Cup qualifiers and the game ended 1-1.
Much talk has already made rounds about the stars in the 2002 World Cup quarterfinalists’ ranks, skipper and Newcastle striker Papiss Demba Cisse the most prominent of them.
But while Mawejje, Iceland’s IBV midfielder, admits the West Africans are a tough side, he dismisses talk that they wreck fear in Cranes players’ hearts.
“Personally, I do not fear anyone when it comes to football,” Mawejje, who famously ignited a war of words when he claimed that he was better than Kenya’s McDonald Mariga during the 2012 Nations Cup qualifiers, told SuperSport.com.
“Yes Senegal is a top side and we respect them. But they are just like any African team. It will be like any other game.”
Having come on as a substitute in the opening 1-1 draw in Angola last Sunday, Mawejje is sure to start against the Lions of Teranga, especially that he will not be available for the 2013 Nations Cup return leg against Congo Brazzaville the following weekend due to suspension.
“I will give my best, so will my teammates. I have always given 100 per cent in national colours and Saturday will not be different.”
Senegal lead Group J standings with three points after one game, with Uganda and Angola tied on one point. Liberia, who lost 3-1 away to Senegal, are bottom.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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