Uganda  Cranes Get New Coach
National coach, Laszlo Csaba.
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Uganda Cranes Get New Coach

Assessing the team's ability.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: July 22, 2006

The newly recruited national coach, Laszlo Csaba, makes his cranes debut on the hot cranes bench on Wednesday next week when Uganda cranes and the Amavubi wasps of Rwanda renew their rivalry in a friendly encounter at Amahoro stadium in Kigali.

The Hungarian, who replaces Egyptian Mohammad Abbas, leads the 22 man contingent to Kigali by road. The match is one of the friendly matches lined up by the Uganda football governing body FUFA, as a preparation ahead of the African Cup of Nations qualifiers due in September 2006.

The ambitious Csaba in assistance of local tacticians, Edgar Watson and Polly Ouma, has been taking the team through a serious daily double non residential training sessions at Namboole Stadium, since mid this week. He has been emphasing short passes, super ball movements, counter attacks, sharp shooting and fitness from the Uganda Cranes players.

The former Hungarian national assistant manager hopes to use the match with Rwanda to measure the weaknesses and strengths of his boys.

"Since I have just taken over the team, such a friendly match will help me assess the ability of the team," reveals Csaba.

In a related development, Csaba has dropped eight players, including veteran goalie, Ibrahim Mugisha, SC Villa's hit man Robert Sentongo and Police FC defender Siraji Ssevume. The axed players are said to have failed to satisfy him in his first training session at Nakivubo stadium on Sunday.

Csaba however, says they stand a chance to bounce back in squad, if they improve.

Villa's 18 year old custodian, Yassin Mugabi and Paul Musoke of KCC FC, have been summoned to understudy Hanington Kalyesubula , while the Kigali based duo of Abubaker Tabula and Vincent Kayizzi, has been invited to boast the defensive and mid field departments respectively.

After the Rwanda match, the Cranes will early next month host Botswana at Nakivubo stadium before flying to Tripoli, Libya for the same cause.

Uganda is pooled alongside Niger and Lesotho, the mighty Nigeria being the other member in group three.

Meanwhile, the Competitions Committee, has postponed all league matches involving giants KCC, Villa, Express, Police and URA to give ample time to the Cranes to prepare for the Kigali match.

The above club quartet contribute the core of the national team.

Traveling squad

Hanington Kalyesubula, Yassin Mugabi, Johnson Bagoole, Simeon Masaba, Robert Kabanda, Tom Ssemogerere, Richard Malinga, Samadu Mutumba, Wasswa Hassan, Dan Mubiru, Noah Kasule, Dan Walusimbi, Robert Kimuli, Dan Wagaluka, Hassan Mubiru, Geofrey Sserunkuma, Augustine Nsumba Patrick Ochan, Godfrey Wakaza and Mike Sserumagga.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: July 22, 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.