• Uganda looks to complete rout over Kenya in Elgon cup

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Apr 27, 2012-

“I respect Kenya but don’t fear them as an opponent.” Yayiro Kasasa, the head coach of the Uganda team, which takes on, Kenya in the return leg of the Elgon Cup stated after landing in nairobi with his charges.

He has a 14-point advantage over Kenya as he tries to capture the elusive cup. Kasasa who is playing everything close to his chest has made only one change. Denis Etuket is unavailable due to work commitments and has been replaced by Jude Kerimundu.

“We went for continuity and there are a few departments which did not work well but we expect to go flat out,” he said. Asked about the possible wet conditions in Nairobi, Kasasa answered they were prepared for any weather condition.

“Speed is what we need in both departments,” he added. In his dream to end the five-year Kenya dominance in the annual event, Kasasa says Kerimundu will add some pace which was Uganda’s best weapon against the Kenyans as they romped to a 19-5 win over Kenyans last Saturday on at Kyadondo Rugby grounds.

Kasasa believes that Kerimundu, who is good at kicking the ball, will offer an added opportunity to help Uganda get those needed points. Regular kicker Anthony Kinene missed two conversions last weekend.

In the forwards, assistant coach Fred Mudoola included Arthur Mukama, the missing link in last weekend’s game puzzle. Both players seek to bring on something different that will help Cranes maintain lead this weekend away.

Possible Line ups: Brian Odong, Alex Mubiru, Oscar Ochulu, Romano Ogwal, Stephen Ogwete, George Scott Oluoch, Mathias Ochwo, Andrew Olweny, Anthony Kinene, Chris Lubanga, Jonathan Onen, Oscar Kalyango, Michael Wokorach, Justin Kimono, Benon Kiza. Replacements: Solomon Mawanda, Martial Tchumkam, Dennis Mullo, Marvin Odong, Ambrose Kamanyire, Paul Kabazi, Jude Kerimundu, Andrew Barasa, Brian Kikawa, Dennis Mugabi, Richard Barigye., Arthur Mukama. Officials: Yayiro Kasasa, Peter Magona, Fred Mudoola, Herbert Wafula. Brian Tabaruka, Godwin Kayangwe, Leonard Were, Michael Aleku. Women: Rosenburg Kanyunyuzi, Christine Kizito, Evelyn Aweku, Hellen Gizamba, Josephine Namayega, Stella Kyalikunda, Asha Nakityo, Prossy Nakakande, Charlotte Mudoola, Hadijah namuyanja, Claire Anena, Beatrice Atim, Brenda Kayiyi, Ann Sizomu, Regina Athieno, Fortunate Irankunda, Warry Nambirige, Winnie Etyang, Irene Zigge, Sauda Adiru, Loy Mbabazi, Tino Matilda, Irene Namampii, Mary Kyoita, Aliyah Adania, Harriet Kayonjo. Officials: Brian Makalama, Joseph Kalazi, Rebecca Akwenyu.

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Additional reporting by Eric Odanga