Cranes fearless as they visit Kenya

Allan Okello and some of the other local based players after a training session today at the Star Times stadium / FUFA Photo

Another chapter in the classic East African derby between Kenya and Uganda recuperates when the two sides face off at the Moi International Stadium, Kasarani.

The game is only an international friendly, but either camp knows how much it means to get the better of their rivals even in a game of such low magnitudes.

And Cranes interim head coach Abdallah Mubiru is confident that his side is determined to overcome the Harambee Stars despite the fact that they are a good team.

“The Harambee Stars’ performance has been good in recent times. But we are performing better as well. It is a high profile friendly match and I am looking forward to it,” Mubiru said.

“They (Kenya) have a good team. Of course, we respect them but we can’t fear them,” he added.

Defender Mustafa Kizza, sounded similar sentiments as his coach, stating that the squad is confident and focussed on getting the best result from Sunday’s game.

“We are not under pressure playing away from home. This is only a friendly match and we have played a lot of matches away. We are just focused on giving a good account of ourselves,” Kizza said.

With the absence of Cranes’ first-team stars like captain Dennis Onyango, Farouk Miya, Murushid Jjuuko and Khalid Aucho, striker Emmanuel will captain the side against Kenya, deputised by Timothy Awany.

However, the Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi is also buoyant that his side will be able to overcome Uganda despite missing a number of first-team players.

“We will miss a number of senior players due to acceptable reasons but this is a good opportunity to test our depth by giving an opportunity to other players,” Kimanzi said before adding.

“Of course we want to win against Uganda but the bigger mission is to check what these players that haven’t had the opportunity to play for the national team regularly can do, this could be the beginning of something exciting.”

“I’m sure they want to beat us but at the same time I know, just like us, they are eager to test some new players and new things, therefore we expect a tough but very exciting match,” he added.

Kenya will be skippered by forward Michael Olunga in the absence of their overall captain Victor Wanyama.

Cranes Full squad

Goalkeepers: Joel Mutakubwa, Charles Lukwago

Defenders: Timothy Awanyi, Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, John Revita, Mustapha Mujjuzi, Halid Lwaliwa

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho, Tadeo Lwanga, Kizito Luwagga, Muzamir Mutyaba, Allan Kayiwa, Allan Okello, Allan Kyambadde

Strikers: Emmanuel Okwi, Fahad Bayo, Bright Anukani

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