Umony: We Can Beat Liberia Away

Tanzania-based striker Brian Umony has said the Cranes are a better side and should beat Liberia when they clash in a 2014 World Cup qualifying tie on March 24.

Umony, who talked to press online from Dar es Salaam on Monday, sounded upbeat ahead of the clash, insisting that the Cranes are a better side than the Lone Stars of Liberia.

The former KCCA FC striker who joined Azam FC in the Tanzania Premier League was part of the squad named by Coach Bobby Williamson last week to prepare for the forthcoming match. He has however been struggling with injury for the last three weeks and hopes to be fine before the World Cup qualifier.

He says a metatarsal problem has slowed him down for the last three weeks before a thigh strain worsened the problem last week. But he hopes to be fine to face Liberia. Umony is among the four strikers summoned by Coach Williamson ahead of the Liberia game. Others are Geoffrey Massa who plays for Yenicam in Cyprus, Hamis Kiiza from Young Africans in Tanzania, Gor Mahia’s Daniel Serunkuma and Emmanuel Okwi, who joined Tunisia’s Etoile Du Sahel last month.

Umony said that he is excited to be getting another opportunity to feature for the national team. He was part of the Cranes team that beat Kenya 2-1 to win a third consecutive regional Cecafa title in December last year.

About his few weeks in Dar es Salaam since the move in January, Umony said he is enjoying life in the Tanzanian League, although he complains of the terrible heat that he is slowly adjusting to. He said the fans and Club officials have been great and he is slowly earning his respect because of what he does on the pitch. Azam FC, who qualified for the second round of the CAF Confederations Cup, is currently second on the Tanzanian League log behind Young Africans.

The Cranes are second in the group behind Senegal after their two identical 1-all draws against Angola and the Teranga Lions. Victory away to Liberia will brighten their hopes of making it to the next round of the World Cup qualifiers. Uganda and Liberia last met in 1999 in the 2000 Nations Cup qualifiers. Inspired by George Weah, the Lone Stars beat the Cranes 2-0 in Monrovia before a Phillip Ssozi half-volley earned the Ugandans a 1-0 win in Kampala.

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