July 5, 2022

Kenya game is more than just a derby – Waiswa

By Brian Aheebwa
Uganda Cranes midfielder Moses Waiswa (R) in training | FUFA Media (John Batanudde)

SuperSport United and Uganda Cranes midfielder, Moses Waiswa has asserted the meeting with Kenya on November 11 in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, is an encounter beyond a derby.

In 2011, the Harambee Stars drew 0-0 against the Cranes yet they had nothing to play for besides pride, Uganda were on the blink of the 2012 AFCON but it was never going to happen.

They once again find themselves in a similar situation ahead of Thursday’s game at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende, Kenya are already out of the contest of qualifying to the playoffs.

“Kenya is a strong team that has always given us challenges,” Waiswa affirmed to the media after Monday’s training session before adding.

“They have very many professional players but I think everyone that has been selected on our side is ready to face them and all we want is to win against our neighbours,” he added.

And, according to the former Vipers SC player, the above could even make them more dangerous because they will obviously come to play for pride once more.

“I would say derbies are not about who is strong and who is weak or who needs the game more, they are always difficult games no matter the situation.”

“They are always full of energy and hungry and therefore what we are headed for is not an easy game but we are ready and motivated,” Waiswa noted.

When the two East African rivals last met in September, spoils were shared in a barren stalemate played at Nyayo National Stadium.

As the Uganda Cranes who are second in Group E on eight points will be taking on Kenya who are third on two, group leaders Mali who are on 10 will visit Rwanda who are on one in Kigali.

If both Uganda and Mali pick up three points, they would have set up a do or die encounter on November 14 in Guinea.

The group winner will join the other nine group winners in the third and final qualifying round of the World Cup where a draw of five pairs will determine who qualifies for the World Cup over two legs.

Uganda Cranes provisional squad

Goalkeepers: Charles Lukwago (St George, Ethiopia), Mathias Kigonya (Azam, Tanzania), Isma Watenga (Chippa United, South Africa), Joel Mutakubwa (Express, Uganda)

Defenders: Isaac Muleme (Viktoria Žižkov, Czech Republic), Abdul-Aziizi Kayondo (Vipers, Uganda), Timothy Denis Awany (FC Ashdod, Israel), Bevis Kristofer Kizito Mugabi (Motherwell, Scotland), Denis Iguma (KCCA, Uganda), Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa, Uganda), Livingstone Mulondo (Vipers, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Kenneth Semakula (SC Villa, Uganda), Geoffrey Waswa (KCCA, Uganda)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Young Africans, Tanzania), Allan Okello (AC Paradou, Algeria), Moses Waiswa (SuperSport United, South Africa), Shafik Kuchi Kagimu (URA, Uganda), Julius Poloto (KCCA, Uganda), John Revita (KCCA, Uganda), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers, Uganda), Mahad Kakooza (Express, Uganda)

Forwards: Fahad Bayo (FC Ashdod, Israel), Yunus Junior Sentamu (Vipers, Uganda), Steven Desse Mukwala (URA, Uganda), Milton Karisa (Vipers, Uganda), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers, Uganda), Martin Kizza (Express, Uganda)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.