Sunday November 22, 2015 Uganda Vs Kenya – Addis @ 5.00pm
There will be renewal of rivalry when Uganda Cranes and Kenya Harambee Stars face off in their opening match at the 2015 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Addis.
The two most successful nations in the tournament last met in the 2012 finals which Uganda won 2-1 at Namboole but a year later, Kenya won it on home soil as Uganda failed to reach the semi-finals.
In the dugout on the opposite side will be ex-Cranes coach Bobby Williamson who was replaced by Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic after partying ways with FUFA in April 2013.
The Serbian who has never won the trophy in an interview with Sunday Monitor declined to talk about the significance of Bobby being in the opposite dugout.
“Things that have no any significance are not my point of interest. I respect Coach Bobby. He has his concerns, and I have my concerns.”
True, the two nations head into the game with totally different concerns. As Uganda enjoys fine form and are into the group stages of the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Kenya is out and they will look at CECAFA as their only source of chance to keep the team with smiles.
In fact Bobby has named an almost similar team that featured in the win and loss against Cape Verde with just two names; Victor Wanyama and Johanna Omolo missing from the squad at his disposal.
For Uganda, it’s only Joseph Ochaya and Farouk Miya who featured in both fixtures against Togo. Key Men The two in form players within in the region face off with Uganda’s Farouk Miya and Kenya’s Michael Olunga on the other.
It will be interesting to see who comes out on top at the end of the day but still, they won’t the only names to watch as Ochaya, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Murushid Jjuuko, Ceaser Okhuti and Erisa Ssekisambu expected to lift Uganda whilst Jesse Were, Victor Ali Abondo, Kevin Kimani and David Owino will also shoulder Harambee Stars.
Burundi who beat Zanzibar on day one leads the group with three points.
Uganda Cranes Probable XI: James Alitho (GK), Denis Okot, Murushid Jjuuko, Richard Kasagga, Joseph Ochaya, Ivan Ntege, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Keziron Kizito, Farouk Miya (C), Erisa Ssekisambu and Ceaser Okhuti.
Kenya Harambee Stars Probable XI: Boniface Olouch (GK), Brian Birgen, Omar Mbongi, David Owino, Haruna Shakava, Anthony Akumu, Kevin Kimani, Clifton Miheso, Eric Johana, Jesse Were and Michael Olunga