Under-17s Home and Dry After Rwanda Win

The national Under-17 side will take a 4-0 lead to Rwanda well in the know they have their own selves to blame if they don’t progress to the next phase of the 2015 Africa Youth Championship qualifiers, writes John Vianney Nsimbe.

Although Matia Lule, the Cubs coach, was clearly sounding husky due to a cough, his players deserted him to do a lap of honour around the stadium.

It was a fitting display of emotion and excitement from the lads whose overall performance was a passionate embodiment of panache, exuberance and entertainment, the way Lule had wanted it from all the recipes he had prepared for this auspicious occasion.

“I thought we really played well particularly in the second half.

The passing and movement on and off the ball was good. And then the team effort when we lost possession was encouraging, as the players fought for each other to ensure that they won as a team,” Lule enthused.

He added that now they prepare for the second leg with a lot of self-belief that at least they have one leg into the next round even though he emphasized that with utmost caution as he warned against undermining Rwanda knowing how quickly football changes.

That said, the lads were emphatic on the day despite an early set-back, which came before kick-off. Lule explained that he was forced to make changes to his starting line-up right before kick-off following a directive from Caf that three of his new additions hadn’t been cleared to play since their MRI scan results had reached the Caf offices late for review.

But the impact of the absentees wasn’t noticed seeing that Lule’s charges could still go ahead and play at break-neck speed that left the Rwandans gasping for air and sprawling on the ground.

The expressive and expansive quick passing game with build-ups beginning from defence through his elegant central defence pair of Bashir Asiku and Sam Kato, who were smooth in the dribble and in their passing, an attribute that got the fans out their seats pleased Lule as it did the fans.

Yet, not anymore than the industry of midfielder Julius Poloto, who scored a beauty to match that one of Pius Obuya’s artistry and the finishing of Shaban Muhammed, who bagged a brace including a early first half opener that left the entire stadium in awe of this bunch of talents in whose hands Uganda’s football future lies.

Source : The Observer

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