KAMPALA. As Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba started work as interim Cranes bosses this week, there were inevitable questions about their predecessor Micho Sredojevic.
But with a first leg of the 2018 Chan first leg qualifier encounter against Rwanda next weekend, Basena is keen on the country to move on in preparation for what he believes will be a tough encounter.
“Life has to continue. Everybody in the set up misses anybody in the team. Even players when they are injured you miss them; you miss anybody who may give you support in any way. You miss anybody who is not in the team. We need to refocus and look ahead. I don’t know why you focus on one colleague who left and you don’t talk about Rwanda,” Basena stated in reference to questions about Micho.
With several close encounters over the years, Basena anticipates another close two games with the winner guaranteed a place in the finals in Kenya early next year.
“To me the Rwanda game even before I came has always been a very tough encounter. We had a scenario when a game here was stopped for like 30 minutes. We were ejected in an under-23 game and played against them Ethiopia played against them in Ethiopia and it was like war,” Basena said in reference to several past meetings.
“The biggest games for cranes have been against Rwanda and Kenya. We have beaten very strong teams but we haven’t beaten Amavubi and Harambe stars easily. I’m calling upon everybody and anybody in the cranes setup that we need to refocus,” he added.
The team is expected to hold its final session at Namboole today according to a program released by Basena ahead of tomorrow’s rest day before shifting to St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende where the game will be played.
2018 CHAN - THIRD ROUND QUALIFIER
Aug 12: Uganda vs. Rwanda
Aug 18: Rwanda vs. Uganda