In Summary

Lesotho won bronze in the 2018 Cosafa edition and Maliehe feels his team has grown in leaps and bounds to go all the way to the final.

KAMPALA. The hopes high, the expectation is growing each minute and for coach Abdallah Mubiru, assigned to oversee a second level Uganda Cranes in Cosafa, the heat is on.
The time has come for Mubiru to execute arguably his biggest managerial assignment to-date - and the Police coach will be required to deliver when it matters as his side takes on Lesotho in the quarterfinal of the Cosafa tourney at the Princess Magogo Stadium this afternoon in Durban South Africa.

While Mubiru is eager to meet the short-term targets at the invitational tourney that saved Uganda Cranes from the laborious group stages, he ought to instill belief in his predominantly up-and-coming team that they can excel at the big stage and do their national pride plus bolstering their professional careers.
“I watched Lesotho play the senior Cranes team (now preparing for Afcon in Abu Dhabi) and discovered their strength and weaknesses. We have been working on transition; how we respond when we lose possession. How to react after winning possession and they are beginning to understand how we need to play,” Mubiru told SCORE.

In Isaac Isinde, Muzamiru Mutyaba and Dan Sserunkuma, he can pride in battle hardened warriors who have been there and done that with the senior Cranes.
With slots in the senior team at stake in the near future, relatively new players at this gigantic stage like Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, John Revita, Shafik Kagimu, Nicolas Kasozi, Allan Kayiwa and Juma Balinya are expected to utilize the opportunity as a springboard to attaining their ambitions.

Lesotho plotting vengeance
The Crocodiles, as the Lesotho team is known, are yet to harm Uganda Cranes in the last four outings and their coach Moses Maliehe is still haunted by the home and away losses inflicted by today’s opponent in the Afcon qualifiers.
“It will be a different ball game this time around. We know that Uganda are a good,” Maliehe said.
“It will be a motivation for us to get our revenge because a lot will be at stake in the tournament.”

Lesotho won bronze in the 2018 Cosafa edition and Maliehe feels his team has grown in leaps and bounds to go all the way to the final.
“It’s every coach’s wish to do well in every tournament and we want to do better than we did in the previous tournament,” he added. South African-based Black Leopards trio of Tshwarelo Bereng, Tumelo Khutlang and Luciano Matsoso are expected to team up with Motebang Sera and Bokang Sello to wreck havoc for Cranes.

Uganda Cranes probable line-up; Charles Lukwago (GK), Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza , John Revita , Isaac Isinde, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Shafik Kagimu, Nicolas Kasozi, Allan Kayiwa, Juma Balinya, Dan Serunkuuma

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