Uganda Will Advance – Mawejje

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Norwegian-based professional Tony Mawejje has revealed to Red Pepper he feels the mood in the Uganda Cranes is right and they will advance to the next round of the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers regardless of what show opponents Madagascar put up.

Tonny Mawejje celebrates his goal against Liberia  last year.
Tonny Mawejje celebrates his goal against Liberia last year.

The Haugesund FC midfielder missed the first leg tie, which Uganda lost 2-1 due joined the Cranes on Saurday and concedes the boys are upto the task ahead insisting Cranes stand a good chance of advancing.

“The atmosphere in the camp is so positive, the boys are buoyant and ready to thump Madagascar,” Mawejje tells Red Pepper Online.

“The support in Namboole has always been enormous, no team beats us at home and Madagascar is no big threat here,” he adds.

Micho will also review the four-man midfield that started against the Island outfit and decide who must give way for Mawejje.

The South African-based duo of Geoffrey Massa (University of Pretoria) and goalkeeper Dennis Onyango (Bidvest Wits), who also missed the first leg, are already in camp with the team.

Fred Katende, the team’s media officer, said the three players who feature in the Kenyan league are expected on Sunday from Nairobi.

However, the coach has dropped the 2013/2014 Uganda Super League top scorer from the squad. Francis Olaki, the Soana FC striker, is reportedly out of the country for trials.

The coach said although he is disappointed in Olaki’s disappearing act, he will concentrate with the players available.

“I had much faith in Olaki but he has greatly disappointed me. I will now concentrate on the strikers I have in camp,” he added.

Cranes face Madagascar on Saturday May 31 at Namboole in a game they need to win at least 1-0 to advance to the next stage.

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