Police Ready to Hand Cuff Moro at CECAFA
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Police Ready to Hand Cuff Moro at CECAFA

Another one for Sam Timbe?

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: May 27, 2006

Police coach, Sam Timbe prior to the kick off of the CECAFA tournament, predicted that the trophy was to return to Kampala. Almost every one perceived it as a joke considering the magnitude of sides like ST George, APR, Simba And Yanga.

Kasozi Ramathan in Kampala, reports that it is now only 90 minutes, for the man who guided Villa last season to the precise title, for him to prove his critics wrong in addition to entering the record books of Ugandan football as the first tactician to win the title twice, when he commands his troops tomorrow in the lucrative finals of CECAFA Club championship against Moro United in Dar es salaam.

Both teams have a lot in common. Prior to the tournament, they were both considered as mere participants and no one could put their penny on them to reach where they are now. They are both making their debut in the annual championship and both lost their opening games by an identical 1-0. Police lost to Rwandan giants APR in a group A opener, while their opponents went down to defending champions SC Villa in group C.

Besides Ugandan sides enjoying clean records against their Tanzanian counterparts, the Ugandan champions seem to be hungrier for the trophy and the US $30,000 at stake from Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the tournament's official sponsor, than the Morogoro based team. This can be evidenced by the one million shillings promised to each player in addition to the already 300,000 shillings in their pockets for reaching the finals.

Timbe is optimistic that he has enough handcuffs to arrest Moro tomorrow despite enjoying terrific home support. "They have the home advantage but am sure my boys won't let me down," hopes the soft spoken former Lyatonde FC and Villa coach.

Though his defense kingpin, Simeon Masaba had preferred to face APR in the finals, he thinks that Moro cannot impede them from accomplishing the job.

"I personally wanted APR because we have a rivalry to settle but all in all Moro won't survive us," warned the Cranes full back.

It's the tip form of the striking trio of Mike Serumagga, Abraham Nega and Peter Senyonjo that makes Timbe confident that he has some goals in the locker room. The three, together with Masaba have been a menace to defenses throughout the tournament.

Reliable Hanington Kalyesubula remains in between the posts, shielded by a four man mean rearguard of internationals Masaba, Lawrance Segawa, Siraje Sevume and pint sized skipper David Yiga.

However, they are expected to be stretched to the limit by Moro's customary dangerous moves masterminded by towering Daniel Makingwe.

To reach the finals, Police arrested Yanga in the quarterfinals thanks to Peter Senyonjo's 1st half strike before thrashing Kenya's Ulinzi 2 0 in the Semi final, Villa's conquerors in the last eight.

On other hand their opponents eliminated local rivals Simba before white washing pre tournament favorites APR 3-0 in yesterday's semi final.

The final will proceeded by a 3rd play off involving APR against Ulinzi to determine who wins the 10,000 dollars prize.

The winners in the last five years
2001 Turskar of Kenya
2002 Simba of Tanzania
2003 SC villa of Uganda
2004 APR of Rwanda
2005 SC Villa of Uganda

Meanwhile, the Super League resumes this weekend with five games. URA SC, host stubborn Super Curbs at Namboole, Geoffrey Wakaza leads his army side Simba to the eagles sanctuary at Waankulukuku against table leaders Express FC while Masaka LC wel comes KB Lions. KCC FC, entertains Lawrence Mulindwa's struggling Bunamwaya while Mbale Heroes is up against relegation threatened Maji at Nakivubo War Memorial stadium.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: May 27, 2006
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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.