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URA and Frank Video Anyau prepare for the Battle Ahead
Frank Video Anyau's false gospel ahead of Cotton Sport battle 11.
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First published: January 10, 2007
"We lost the first leg just because of the poor officiation and all the mistreatments we went through in Yaoundé .The game isn't yet over because we can beat them 4-0 and we proceed to the next round."
This is the kind of gospel Uganda Revenue Authority Sports Club's dramatic tactician Frank "Video" Anyau is preaching to the Ugandan soccer fraternity ahead of the MTN CAF Champions League 2nd leg against Cameroonian giants, Cotton Spot at Namboole sports complex this Saturday.
The Ugandan champions face an uphill task of over turning a 3-0 mauling in Yaoundé.
Ever since the team's return from West Africa, Anyau has turned into a Pastor selling gospel that nothing is standing in their way to overturn the first leg loss and book a ticket to the next round. But is this a true also a false Gospel.
As Ultimate Media Consult's Kasozi Ramathan reports, going by the history of Ugandan football and URA's preparations ahead of the battle, one can only take Anyau's gospel if he has the power to turn water into wine. Poor officiation and mistreatment has turned to be the only excuse whenever any Ugandan team looses any away game.
In 2000, the Ugandan record champions, SCVilla under the guidance of the late celebrated legend Paul Hasule traveled to Accra in the same championship to take on Hearts of Oak and lost 3-0.
On return home, like Anyau, Hasule attributed the loss to poor officiation and mistreatments. Though he accepted that the Ghanaians were good, he stated that they could not survive in Kampala.
By then when the Ugandan 'Backenbuer' said so, you could only dismiss it at your own peril more especially with the famous "serial killer" MU-MU-MA striking Partnership of Mukasa , Mubiru and Magumba at disposal with master planner Edgar Watson dictating matters in the middle field, iron man Aggrey Bigala and Geoffrey Bukohore in charge of defense .
But after the 90 minutes, Hasule had to swallow his words and look for other excuses as the game ended 1-1 to send the Ghanaians to the lucrative quarter finals on a 4-1 aggregate.
In October last year, when the national team traveled to Niamey Niger for the 2008 African Cup Qualifiers and settled for a goalless draw, on return home, Laszlo Csaba the team head coach agued that his boys could have come back with maximum points if it wasn't the poor officiation.
True, there were some questionable decisions by the Senegalese Referee but the Cranes got more than two clear cut chances to kill off the game and wasted them. Did the referee impede Obua to tap in Dan Wagaluka's well calculated cross in the second half?
The latest was mid this week when the national U-23 team, the Uganda Kobs lost 2-0 to their age mates the Amaglug-glugs of South Africa. The Assistant Coach Jackson Mayanja couldn't hesitate to put the loss on the officiation.
Despite the Ugandan tax collectors, this, being their debut in this tournament, the soccer fraternity expects reasonable excuses other than Anyau's on going gospel, since the majority of his players have seen it all.
The likes of Phillip Obwiny, Fred Okello, David Kazibwe, David Kalungi, David Kiwanuka, Babadi Kasule, Richard Malinga, Ibrahim Mugisha, Peter Rwebuga to mention but a few have all been on the scene for more than a decade.
After failing to get a vital away goal in the first leg, the ever smart tactician has no alternative other than ordering his troops to attack from the word go but shouldn't forget that any early strike by the visitors will act as the final nail in the Ugandans' coffin.
To add salt in the wound, the continental Foot ball governing body CAF, mid this week suspended the team's experienced trio of defender Peter Rwebuga, Striker Fred Okello and Goalie Ibrahim Mugisha impeaching them for indispline.
Mugisha and Rwebuga are said to have insulted the assistant referee while Okello is alleged to have thrown a bottle of mineral water at him in protest of his officiation.
More to worry, statistics show that it has turned into a habit for this team to concede at least a goal in the opening 15 minutes as evidenced in their last two previous matches . In the just conclude Kigali- CECAFA finals, within 20 minutes, Ayau's boys were already 2-0 down against eventual winners APR while in Yaoundé, Cotton Sport only needed 14 minutes to open the goal feast.
The team's average age has for long been a centre of debate whether its not a liability than an asset as many suspect their credentials to wrestle for the ball through out the entire 90 minutes.
The suspension of Mugisha means that youngster Mulindwa Muwonge is unopposed for the goal keeping role while ever-green all rounder dead ball specialist Phillip Obwiny, steps in for Rwebuga in the left full back to combine with Richard Malinga and centre back pair of skipper David Kazibwe and Sam Mubiru.
However Anyau needs to re-organize his defense that is largely blamed for the first leg goal feast as all goals come from set pieces.
The strength of the visitors being in the middle of the pack, calls for iron man Noah 'Babadi' Kasule and his fellow international Johnson Bagoole to add in more steel if they are to cut supplies from Cotton Sport's danger men Hamdama Alim, Alex Weeky and Alex Nimaley as the former SC Villa duo of youngsters Dan Wagaluka and in form Patrick Ochan do the donkey work.
Former Masaka LC hit man, Sam Nadduli is expected to take over Okello's shirt and twin strike with David Kiwanuka. The extravagant duo however, this time needs to be more clinical to an extent of utilizing even a 50-50 chance if they are to make Anyau's gospel right.
We have seen come backs in this game of football, remember the memorable Deportivo Lacoruna-AC Milan in the Champions League, SC Villa Vs Angola's Aviacao in the MTN African champions League among others but this shouldn't propel Anyau continue with his gospel.
Let's flood Namboole and cheer our flag bearers, as it is matter of time to prove between me and Ayau whose gospel is right. It is every Ugandan wish however that Anyau leaves up to his gospel.
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First published: January 10, 2007
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.