Douglas Bamweyana believes that Wakiso Giants have improved immensely since their last league game, and hailed the attitude and confidence of his players.
Wakiso Giants make the long trip to the Western district of Mbarara where they visit Mbarara City at the Kakyeka StadiWakium on Friday afternoon.
The Purple Sharks visit the land of milk and honey in search of their first victory of the season after drawing all five of their games so far this season before the league took a two-month break.
But first Bamweyana is focussed on the immediate task of getting their first three points to haul on board as they look to brush off the disappointing results at the start of the season.
“We are very ready and are looking forward to tomorrow. We want to look for victory,” Bamweyana told Football256.
“We know it will be a hard place to go but we are confident that we have the quality to go and get the three points.”
“Every game in this league is tough in its own right. It is up to you on the day to show the right attitude, temperament and courage deserving to get the result that you want.”
“Our attitude is that we can win any game. It is true that we have played five and drawn all of them, but I feel we deserved to win each of those games but it wasn’t to be,” he added.
“We want to raise our level and start getting the results but we are not necessarily under pressure, but we are confident that we have the ability to get the result against any opponent.”
“It is just about addressing a couple of issues in terms of the balance and that’s why you have seen a couple of ins and outs to try and get the right balance for the team to get the results.”
“We felt in the attacking department we didn’t exactly have the quality to take most of the chances we were getting and defensively we have to try to eliminate some of the errors, hopefully, we have got it right and we want to test it out tomorrow,” he explained.
Bamweyana has worked around improving his squad in January, bringing in five new players inexperienced forward Kipson Atuheire from India’s Gokulam FC and Uganda U20 forward Ivan Bogere.
The other new signings are Andrew Kalyango who was promoted from the club’s junior side, George Kaddu and Frank Ssebuufu from Kiyinda Boys and Lungujja Galaxy respectively.
Bogere’s involvement for the Hippos at the U20 AFCON rules him out until late February, but Bamweyana hinted that a couple of his new acquisitions could have a role to play tomorrow.
“We might have a few depending on our selection but all of them are ready,” he stressed.
“A few of them are not around, like Ivan (Bogere) is away with the U20 national team while others have issues with their paperwork and clearance.”
“If we get their licenses before the game, then definitely we shall have to consider them for the game. Some are still not at it physically but we have those who are good to go.”
Midfielder Tom Masiko’s return from an ankle injury will feel like a new signing as well especially with the departure of midfielders Gadaffi Wahab and Ivan Ssebuguzi.
“We are happy to have his (Masiko’s) experience as well, it can come in handy. But we have a good group here, everyone holds their own set of attributes and that is what makes the team unique,” he said.
“So, it is up to us (the coaches) to find the right balance with our decisions, but it is definitely a good thing that we have him back and fit.”
Wakiso Giants suffered a 1-0 defeat when they last visited Mbarara in, however, Bamweyana dismissed suggestions that the previous fixture could have an influence on the attitude of either side.