Farouk Miya has proved time and again that he has the ability to create something out of nothing for both club and country.

From dead ball situations or open play, the Vipers’ midfielder cum striker has given football fans something to talk about every time he steps onto the field of play.

And as the Cranes take on Sudan this Saturday in the first leg of the Championship of African Nations (Chan), Miya will be one that the Cranes coach Micho Sredojević will be counting.

Not only to put up his usual match winning performances, but also deliver the Cranes to finals in Rwanda for the third straight time since the first in 2011.

But the responsibility of carrying the team alone might be too much for the 2014/2015 league most valuable player.

Micho has a number of candidates who can rise to the occasion and give the Cranes that cutting edge against a Sudanese side that is budding with continental experience.

KCCA’s Muzamir Mutyaba is by far the most creative midfielder in the Cranes camp at the moment, just like Miya the former has an eye for goal too.

Miya (L) and Mutyaba celebrate the latter’s goal against Rwanda in the Caf U23 Championship qualifiers in Amahoro Stadium

Miya already has four goals and two assists to his name in six games this season, while Mutyaba has managed three goals with two assist in as many games.

Miya loves to play out wide, were he is able to create space for himself and trouble fullback with his pace, not to mention the sharp eye that picks up teammates with ease.

Mutyaba on the other than loves to operate through the middle, right behind the main striker, he also has no problems with drifting out wide.

His ability to pick the ball from the defensive midfielders and drive the team forward has on a number of occasions seen him decide games for KCCA.

Micho has always assembled a defensive minded team that also maintains its creative discipline especially with the senior side.

Tony Mawejje, Khalid Aucho and Geoffrey Kizito have all played at the same time, with Luwagga Kizito, Miya or at times Moses Oloya playing upfront with Geoffrey Massa.

A midfield of Deus Bukenya with either with Ivan Ntege or Hakim Sekumba sitting in front of the back four, Keziron Kizito, Mutyaba and Miya taking care of the creative business might deliver the Cranes to Rwanda next year.

Cranes Squad:

Goalkeepers: Mathias Kigonya (Bright Stars), Isma Watenga, James Alitho (all Vipers SC)
Defenders: Denis Okot, Joseph Ochaya, Hasswa Wasswa Dazo, Timothy Awanyi (all KCCA), Ibrahim Kiyemba (Lweza), Isaac Muleme, Henry Katongole (all SC Villa), Shafiq Bakaki (Vipers SC), Ayub Kizza (Express), Bernard Muwanga (Bright Stars)

Midfielders: Ivan Ntege, Hakim Senkumba, Muzamil Mutyaba, (all KCCA), Deus Bukenya, Keziron Kizito, Farouk Miya (all Vipers SC), Peter Katumba (Sadolin Paints)

Strikers: Robert Ssentongo, Frank Kalanda (all URA), Caesar Okhuti (Express), Erisa Ssekisambu, and John Semazzi (all Vipers SC)

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