Basena calls for Vigilance ahead of “difficult game” against Rwanda.


Moses Basena instructs his players in the early morning session before the team set off for Kigali 

By: Danito Nsubuga 

  • 2018 CHAN Qualifier: Rwanda vs Uganda
  • Venue : Stade Nyamirambo Kigali
  • Time: 4:00 pm (Ugandan time)
  • Refs:
  • Hafiz Abdelghani Alamen assisted by Haitham Elnour Ahmed and Omer Hamid Mohamed. (Sudan)
  • The 4th official Ahmed Elsiddig Mohamed Eltreefe (Malawi)


Uganda will play against the Amavubi stars of Rwanda on Saturday in what is expected to be a trick tie according to Interim boss Moses Basena.

The Cranes go into this fixture with a 3-0 goal cushion after edging Rwanda in the match that was hosted at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende thanks to goals from Muzamir Mutyaba (2) and striker Derrick Nsibambi .

Basena however reminds his charges that the tie is far from over and they need to concentrate to the maximum to fend off any complacency since its not too far away from Rwanda to get back into the tie.

Shadiq Kagimu dribbles past two Rwanda defenders in the first leg. 

After the final practice session before the team’s departure from where they had camped at the African Bible University, Basena warned his side against complacent if they are to qualify for the CHAN tournament. He said,

” We are in a very tricky situation where people thing its now easy for us, it’s the gospel I am preaching to the team that we go there and try to give our very best against a good Rwandan team. We need maximum concentration and guard against complacency”.

He further issued a rallying cry to the players to ensure that they put the result of the first leg behind their backs and concentrate on the task at hand which is to finish the job off. Basena added,

The first game was done and this is another chapter, a second half of the leg. We have to be vigilant with the way we defend, the we hold onto the ball and the way we go forward.”

“We should not accept to be influenced by the atmosphere caused by the fans, the stadium or the away climate, this is a football match for 11 against 11 men. We are set, we have prepared well for the game, and we are ready to complete the task ahead of us.”

Match officials will be led by Center referee Hafiz Abdelghani Alamen assisted by Haitham Elnour Ahmed and Omer Hamid Mohamed. The 4th official will be Ahmed Elsiddig Mohamed Eltreefe all from Sudan and the match commissioner will be Charles Samuel Kafatia from Malawi.

Uganda will be seeking to qualify for their 4th consecutive qualification of the CHAN championships. The tournament will be held in Kenya early next year.

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