FUFA U17 Africa Cup of Nations

Kwesi Impressed by Cubs’ talent and ability, concerned by their effort

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Good times. New Cubs coach Kwesi (L) enjoys a light training moment with U-17 player Rogers Mugisha at the Njeru Technical Centre yesterday. PHOTO BY FUFA MEDIA

Newly appointed Uganda U17 National Team Head coach Samuel Kwesi Paa Fabin is a fascinated man after four days of training with the team.

The Ghanaian tactician fell in love with the piece of skill exhibited by the youngsters as they prepare the 2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.

“I must say that I am impressed with most of them, they are very talented players, very skilful,” Kwesi said before adding.

“Skill and talent alone cannot take you there, you need to add some effort, and talent without effort is nothing that effort is what we add on talent to make it big in the football market.”

The Cubs have been in Camp since March 23rd at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru as they prepare for the forthcoming 2019 Total U17 Africa Cup of Nations in Tanzania.

“We shall teach them transition from defence to attack quickly, it’s about the movement in the box you don’t pass and cross anyhow you know at U-17 it’s not coaching its teaching.”

“In a game situation, you need to win before possession, we are not going to press anyhow, and we shall do it uniformly,” he added.
The eight-team tournament is scheduled for April 14 – 28 with games to be played at the National Stadium, and Chamazi Stadium, Mbagala all in Dar Es Salaam.

Uganda is in group A with the hosts Tanzania, Nigeria and Angola, their opening game will be against Angola on April 14th.

The top four teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil as the CAF representatives.

Players in camp: Oyo Delton (Kirinya Jinja SS FC), Jack Komaketch (Ndejje University FC), Ssemwogerere Daniel (Bright Stars FC), Mubiru Patrick (Bright Stars FC), and Sinalya Ben (Express FC), Kevin Ssekimbegga (Express FC), Ibrahim Juma (KCCA FC), Kasozi Samson (Bright Stars FC), Kizito Mugweri Gavin (Vipers SC), Kiddawalime Saul (Super Cubs), Wasswanga Shafik (Ndejje University FC), Opira Innocent (Ndejje University), Ssekajja Davis (Bright Stars FC), Ziraba Ronnie (Express FC), Kakaire Thomas (Bright Stars FC), Iddi Abdul Wahid (Cagliari FC – Italy), Mwaka Polycarp (Ndejje University FC), Opaala Edwine Mukisa (Kirinya Jinja SS FC), John Kokas Alou (URA FC), Mukisa Owen (BUL FC), Jarieko James (Paidha Black Angels FC), Asaba Ivan (Vipers SC), Najib Yiga (Vipers SC), Yasin Abdu Owane (Vipers SC), Mugulusi Isma (Kirinya Jinja SS FC), Lubega Derrick (Express FC), Mugisha Rogers (Mbarara City FC), Kakande Shafic (Bright Stars FC), Opira Justine(KCCA SA) Kawooya Andrew (Vipers SC)

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