URA In Lions Den In Sudan As Table Leaders Express Welcome Bunamwaya United
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URA In Lions Den In Sudan As Table Leaders Express Welcome Bunamwaya United

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: April 1, 2006

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Uganda's representatives in the CAF Confederations cup is in the lion's den in Khartoum but team tactician, Deo Sserwadda maintains that they are on a mission and nothing can impede them from accomplishing it.

Ultimate Media's Ramathan Kasozi reports that in the 1st round 1st leg against World Hope FC, URA traveled to Nairobi and forced the hosts to a draw. It is precisely this kind of result that the tax collectors need from Khartoum tonight against Elmerrieck to sail to the next stage.

But the question roaming on the lips of the soccer fraternity in Uganda is: can the Kakungulu cup holders defy all that has haunted Ugandan clubs against Sudanese outfits?

Despite the Ugandans carrying a 2-1 advantage to Khartoum from the 1st leg in Kampala, a Hurricane Katrina task awaits them going by the fact that very few Ugandan sides have never survived a massacre in the Khartoum's over 50,000-seater den.

URA's local rivals, Police FC is the latest victim to fall prey, when they were hammered 3-0 by another Sudanese giant, Al ahal a month ago in the CAF Champions League after a barren draw in Kampala.

The words from the El-Merrieck Manager, Al-Musa Omar should make Ugandans not to count another victory or a draw yet. Al-Musa warned the Ugandans not to celebrate but rather get ready for a heavy punishment that awaits them in Khartoum.

"We have got a vital away goal we wanted. They got a lot of chances to burry us but wasted them, they will regret in Khartoum," warned the 54 year old Egyptian while still in Kampala.

But Sserwanda plus his troops seem not to be taken by Omar's warning. They insist that history counts nothing in football and promise to defy the odds.

"History counts nothing in soccer. They have been eliminating the likes of Police, KCC, Villa and Express. This is URA," boasts the former Villa no nonsense hard tackling defender.

Defence King pin, Phillip Obwiny almost echoed his bosses' words. "There is nothing like a record in soccer, we are experienced players who have seen it all. We are in the lead and we are ready to defend it," explains the country's most deadly ball specialist.

To show how Uganda's solitary survivors in the Continental competitions have left no stone un turned, they have trained on flood lights of Namboole for the last 2 sessions before departure, with an ambition of getting acclimatized with the similar atmosphere that awaits them in Khartoum.

They tuned up for the encounter by thrashing Super Clubs 2-0 in the local league with both goals coming from defenders, Sam Mubiru and David Kazibwe.

Ibrahim Mugisha retains his number one position ahead of younger star, Muwonge Mulindwa shielded by a 4-man rear guard marshaled by Obwiny and attack minded right full back Richard Malinga, a 1st leg goal hero.

They face an acid test of containing an array of snipers spear headed by Abdel hammad Amy. Up coming mid field, Dynamo Manco Kaweesa together with iron man Babadi Kasule, are the men assigned to cut off the mid field supply especially from danger man Al-rajab Musa.

Some of the records of Ugandan clubs against the Sudanese

1985 SC Villa 4 Al halal 2    Al halal 2  Villas 0

1987  SC Villa 1 Hilal 0   Hilal 2  Villa 0

1991  El Merrick 1 Express FC 0  Express 0  Elmerrick 0

2005  Police 0 Hilal 0    Hilal 3   Police 0

Probable line up for URA

Mugisha, Malinga, Obwin, Kazibwe, Sam Mubiru, Kaweesa, Ronald Ssesanga, Babadi, Kiwanuka, Okello and Kamoga.

Mean while the hot battle for the national Super League title resumes on Wednesday with four games on the menu.

Table leaders Express FC, welcomes Bunamwaya United at Muteesa 11 memorial Stadium, Army side Simba SC battles Masaka Local Council, Police FC entertains KB Lions at Namboole while unpredictable Kampala United plays away to Mbale Heroes, who are smarting from two consecutive defeats to rivals Villa and Express.

The week climaxes with nemesis KCC and SC Villa renewing their rivalry at Nakivubo War Memorial stadium on Friday in a clash that promises to produce fire works.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: April 1, 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.