Epic Mission 2: Kobs are up Against Cameroon on 5th September
Coach Bobby Williamson.

Epic Mission 2: Kobs are up Against Cameroon on 5th September


After absence of a decade from the finals of All African Games, the Kobs return to the games in style pooled alongside African Power house names Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: September 1, 2011


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As the Senior team, the Uganda Cranes, will be away in Luanda for a do or die fixture, their junior under 23 counterparts the Uganda Kobs, will be in Maputo trying to forge a way forward of how to maneuver through a group of death in the football finals of the All African Games.

After absence of a decade from the finals of All African Games, the Kobs return to the games in style pooled alongside African Power house names Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana. Surely, this is an acid test ahead of the boys from Uganda. In fact, many have already tagged the Uganda Kobs with the name of whipping boys but considering the performance of team in the qualifiers vis-a-vis the quality of talent, the critics might better be advised to reserve their comments.

Team coach George Ssemwogere is himself confident of his boys. “Gone are those days when Ugandan could be intimidated by the big names. We are here on merit and we ready to take on any one,” assures the former Express FC patriotic defender.

The Kobs, turned unstoppable in the qualifiers, thrashing Tanzania 5-2 on aggregate before the historical away 5-1 sweet victory over nemesis Kenya in Nairobi. The Kenyans upon sensing the likely results in Kampala decided to dishonor the 2nd leg.

Hamis ‘Diego’ Kizza announced his arrival on the big stage during the qualifiers netting five goals and once again the team is banking on his scoring prowess alongside Emma Okwi and Vietnam based Moses Oloya. Mike Mutyaba, Saddam Juma and Skipper Owen Kasule will orchestrate the creativity needed from the midfield.

Denis Guma, Ivan Bukenya and Ethiopian based Isaac Isinde will battle it out for the two slots in the Centre back as Sam Ssekoomi and Saaka Mpiima sort out themselves on who to replace SC Villa’s all rounder, Ayub Kisalita at the Right full back. Kisalita is nursing an ankle injury after a boda boda accident.

Habib Kavuma will temporally operate on the left full back awaiting the arrival of Walusimbi from the senior team in Angola. Walusimbi and Coach Bobby Williamson are expected to join the Kobs camp after the Angola fixture. The Kobs open their campaign on 5th September against Cameroon.


Coach Bobby Williamson
Coach Bobby Williamson.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: September 1, 2011
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Ramathan Kasozi is a member of Ultimate Media Consult (U) Ltd. . A graduate Journalist, Kasozi has more than 5 years experience reporting on sports in Uganda for different print and broadcast media houses.