Congo match is going to be tough - Cranes coach Bobby
Uganda resumes the quest to reach Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time in 34 years with a home encounter against Congo Brazzaville this weekend. Uganda Cranes coach Bobby Williamson knows it won’t be easy but says his team is more than ready. The Scotsman was talking to Cafonline.com ahead of Saturday’s qualifier.
Cafonline.com: This will be Cranes third match in less than two weeks. What effect will it have on the players?
Bobby: It will definitely hit the players but I have always said that if you are focused everything goes well. This team has what it takes to perform at their best. On the other hand, our opponents have also been involved in a similar situation. So it is not only Cranes, it nearly all African teams.
Cafonline.com: You seem to have a lot of confidence in the team?
Bobby: The last two weeks I have seen this team grow from strength to strength. They are mentally prepared. Now we are working on the mental toughness. This team does not want to lose at home and am confident of overturning the two goal deficit.
Cafonline.com: What do you think has contributed to this present atmosphere?
Bobby: It is the desire to win and succeed. We have proved against Angola and Senegal that we don’t lose easily. Scoring two goals late in the past two matches tells you the kind of players we have. They don’t want to be defeated
Cafonline.com: Congo doesn’t usually concede goals and their record in last three matches reads four goals scored and only let in one goal.
Bobby: Congo is a tough team to crack. But I believe I have the players who can create and score goals. I am confident of advancing to the next stage.
Cafonline.com: Last weekend the team played a disjointed game especially in the first half. How are you going to address that?
Bobby: We are working on different combinations. I don’t usually want to give much away but expect some changes for the Congo match. We have a big squad and all capable of changing the game. I have been with this team for nearly four years so I know which player can do what. I usually like to use fresh legs in a match.
Cafonline.com: What is the news on Martin Mutumba and skipper Andy Mwesigwa with regards to their injuries?
Bobby: Our medical staff is working on the players to get them ready for Congo. Mwesigwa looks like he will be ready but Mutumba chances of playing are slim. But we have replacements should they fail to pass the medical test.
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