Okwi positive ahead of facing teammates

Afcon Qualifier 2019 Group L

September 8, 2018

Uganda vs Tanzania 4pm

Mandela National Stadium, Namboole

Charges: 15,000/- (Ordinary), 40,000/- (VIP), 150,000/- (VVIP)

Cranes striker Emmanuel Okwi will come up against his Simba teammates when Uganda welcome Tanzania on Saturday.

The Cranes take on their neighbours in Group L’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations clash at Namboole this weekend looking to stretch their lead in the pool.

Okwi, celebrated back in Tanzania for his goal scoring prowess, will be enemy number one for the visiting fans on Saturday. The striker is bullish but knows it will not be easy.

“All my teammates are responding well and I believe we shall put up a good performance,” Okwi told upl.co.ug.

“It is a challenge to play against opponents who understand your playing style but we are going to fight and make sure we get three points,” he added.

Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre, who has only one win in nine matches (six of themfriendlies) since replacing Micho Sredojevic late year, cannot overstate the importance of the game.

“Three points against Tanzania are so important to us and we shall fight for the win,” said the Frenchman, Desabre.

Twenty players took part in Sunday’s training. Moses Opondo (Vendsyssel FF), Kizito Luwagga (Bate Bolisov) Edrisa Lubega (Reid), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha), Godfrey Walusimbi (Keiser Chiefs) and Miya Farouk (HNK Gorica) are expected in camp by end of Monday.

Uganda lead the 2019 Afcon qualifier Group L on three points from the only game played so far in the campaign. The Cranes beat Carpe Verde 1-0 away from home.

Players that attended training on Sunday

Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC) and Sebwato Nicholas (Onduparaka FC), Awany Timothy (KCCA FC), Mujuzi Musitafa (Proline FC), Isinde Isaac (K JSS FC), Taddeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Waiswa Moses (Vipers SC), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA FC) Kizza Martin (SC Villa), Kyambadde Allan (KCCA FC) and Patrick Kaddu (KCCA FC), Hassan Wasswa (El Gaish), Isaac Muleme( Haras El Hodood), Denis Iguma (Kazman FC), Murushid Juuko (Simba FC), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC), Joseph Ochaya (Lusaka Dynamos), Yassar Mugerwa (Fasil Kenema), Aucho Khalid (unattached) and Emmanuel Okwi (Simba FC)