Carrying a 2 – 1 lead is every joy to any team tactician.
But again, it presents a slim advantage as this result can be overturned.
As Uganda U-17 national side-The Cubs face their counterparts from Seychelles in a 2015 U-17 Nations cup return leg qualifier, the match presents a plat form for either team to fight a little as they battle for the next stage qualification phase.
Ever since triumphing 1- 2 away in Seychelles, team Uganda has been camping at the Njeru Technical center where they played two build up games.
The team is boosted by the addition of midfielder, Ashraf Mugume, who passed the MRI test on Thursday morning. Mugume joined the rest of the squad in the afternoon during the luncheon hosted by the UFA President Engineer Moses Magogo at Sojovalo Hotel in Rubaga.
They will however miss through injury the services of St Joseph’s College Layibi student Luwalo Kipper, a midfielder, who has been based in Canada where he had gone for professional trials.
Mombasa based Striker, Imran Mpaata will also sit out the match having suffered a sprained ankle in training.
There was a smile on the faces of everyone in the Ugandan camp as team captain, Andrew Isiagi Okiring, based in Carlsie, U.S.A made a remarkable recovery from malaria.
‘Andrew (Okiring) is fit to play and lead team Uganda once again after being passed fit by the medical team’ confirmed head coach, Matia Lule to www.fufa.co.ug
Matia Lule is expected to name a formidable line up that will face the Seychelles side. But he has kept the cards close to his chest.
Buddo s.s goalie, Eric Kibowa is expected to be maintained in the goal posts ahead of Ali Ramadhan Mwirusi and Edward Kasibante.
The defence line that started in Seychelles of Skipper Andrew Okiring (right back), Alex Komakech (left back) and the central defensive pairing of the towering Kato Nemeyimana and Bashir Asiku will be maintained.
If Coach Matia is to opt for a 3 man midfield, then Musa Mukalazi will play the anchoring role as Joel Jangeyambe and Pius Obuya play alongside him. Pius Obuya scored Uganda’s winner away.
The Opening goal scorer in Seychelles, Charles Ssebutinde will lead the quest for Uganda’s goal search alongside proven and tested goal poacher, Muhammed Shaban as Vice Captain, Emma Olinga feeds them with the passes to kill off the visitors.
The team from the Indian Ocean Islands jetted into the country on Thursday evening.
Head coach, Gavin Jeanne already warned the Ugandans against over confidence and going by the appearance of the players, the team is ready for action.
The visitors had a training season this afternoon at the KCC stadium.
‘We know what we want. We shall surprise Uganda at home’ said Gavin shortly after arriving at Grabd global Hotel where they are being accommodated.
The match at the KCCA Stadium in Lugogo will be handled by Sudanese match officials.
El Fatih Wadeed Khaleel will be the center official while Mohammed Abdallah Ibrahim and Mustafa Ibrahim Medany will be the first and second assistant referees respectively.
Mutaz Abdelbasit Abdelbasit Khairalla is the reserve official while Juilus Elly Mukolwe from Kenya is the match commissioner.
The winner of the match plays Rwanda at the next stage of qualification on a date that will chosen from Friday July 18th to Sunday 20th 2014.
MAIN PHOTO: Fatherly Love, Patrick Isiagi (L) with his son Okiring (Team Captain Uganda U-17) and Ivan Kakembo (R) of Uganda Youth Soccer Academy. Both Ivan and Isiagi have played a key role in the football career of Okiring who has been passed fit for tomorrow’s game.