Uganda U-23 look to match Cranes record against Kenya in qualifier

Jun 25, 2011

Uganda under-23 captain Owen Kasule will look to emulate their senior squad when his team takes on hosts Kenya on Sunday in the All-African games qualifying match at Nyayo National Stadium.

Kasule hopes the Kobs can draw inspiration from the barren draw registered by Uganda Cranes when they played in Nairobi last year in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Kasule who was part of the Cranes side that drew with Kenya said morale in the junior side is at all time high as they look forward to qualifying for the All-Africa games finals to be held in Mozambique in September.

“The unity in the team is amazing and we hope to draw inspiration from what the senior side did in Nairobi just a few months back,” he said.

Uganda go into the match with a slight edge over the hosts considering that Kenya’s neighbors have dominated past encounters between the two sides.

Last year, Uganda eliminated Kenya from the Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) on a 3-2 goal aggregate and went on to play in the tournament finals held in Sudan.

Currently, Uganda Cranes are leading group ‘J’ on ten points of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Tusker striker Paul Were who earned a late call-up to the Kenyan team however does not believe that history will count when the two sides meet on Sunday.

“We are not thinking about what has happened in the past. We have our eyes set on going past Uganda and qualifying for the All-Africa games finals.”

While Uganda featured in the 1999 All-Africa games, Kenya has only played once in 1987 when the country hosted the games.  

Uganda edged out Tanzania 5-2 in their first round qualifying match while Kenya made it to the last stage of the qualifier by following the withdrawal of Eritrea who had won the first leg 4-1.


 Gina Tivona

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