CAF U-17 QUALIFIERS: Sat, 27th September 2014:
Uganda Vs Zambia At Nakivubo Stadium (4PM in Uganda, 3PM in Zambia)
Entry Fees: 5000/= (Ordinary) and 20,000/= (VIP)
There are just hours to the long awaited return leg of the CAF U-17 qualifier between Uganda and Zambia.
Zambia leads 2-0 from the first leg – thanks to strikes from Patson Daka’s opening shot from 30 yards and defender, Edwin Chipile’s header.
Kawowo Sports’ David Isabirye presents the 8 crucial battles from this fixture whose winner qualifies to the African U-17 finals in Niger next year.
1 – Eric Kibowa Vs Pumulo Siwanga:
The Uganda shot stopper will be called upon not once or twice but for many times to tame any threat from Zambia forwards Pumulo Siwanga and his partner in crime, Patson Daka.
Should Kibowa keep his A game, then Uganda’s chances of keeping a clean sheet are high as a prerequisite for qualification given that the Ugandan youngsters score three goals without response.
2 – Edward Chimfwembe Vs Pius Obuya:
What Obuya misses in physique is compensated by the silky skills and quick feet.
It will be an interesting battle to see how the gifted left footer takes on the Zambia right back to deliver those much needed pin-point crosses as the goal hungry twin strikers – Charles Ssebutinde and Shaban Muhammed are ready to pounce.
3 – Bashir Asiku Vs Patson Daka:
Daka is the most respected member on the Zambian team. Not because he features for the Nchanga Rangers in the Zambian Premier League, but because of his ability to command and lead teammates. Blessed with blistering pace, quick feet, Daka is the major threat to the Ugandan team and their back-line particularly Asiku is expected to have a busy day.
4 – Emmanuel Olinga Vs Prosper Chiluya:
Most football battles are won and lost in the midfield. The victor between the Olinga and Chiluya battle will most probably reflect on the final tide of the game. Both are calm midfielders whose timely ball interceptions are also crucial to the team.
5 – Frank Tumwesigye Vs Enock Mwepu:
Both are gifted passers of the ball with sleek penetrative passes. Should Tumwesigye or Mwepu be successful at what they do best, then, do not be shocked to witness a high scoring fixture.
6 – Muhammed Shaban Vs Danny Sinkanyika :
During the first leg in Lusaka, Muhammed Shaban missed several chances against the Zambian young goal keeper, Sinkanyika. The return leg presents the pay back time for Shaban to prove that he is the Cubs’ best goal poacher.
7 – Andrew Okiring Vs Shadreck Kambwili:
The Ugandan skipper, Okiring missed the first leg after a busy academic schedule in the U.S. His presence means a lot to the rest of the teammates. A natural leader on and off the turf with loads of energy to burn at the right back department. Should he thwart Kambwili’s threat and make his customary odd assists upfront, Uganda is destined for a positive result.
8 – Matia Lule Vs Chris Kaunda:
There will be a serious battle on the touchline in terms of tactics. Systems, team talk sessions also determine a lot in crucial fixtures. Both coaches have a point to prove to the another, and this will be another battle field on the sidelines.
MAY THE BETTER TEAM CARRY THE DAY!