KAMPALA- Having arrived in the country late into Sunday night and gone to bed early yesterday morning, it was understandable when Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer insisted we could not speak to his players at Makerere Kikoni’s J-Frigh Hotel at dawn.
Besides, the team had been forced into a late change of accommodation after Grand Global Hotel, where Fufa had booked them into over a week ago, told them it had been overbooked.
Observers claim Grand Global was being precautionary in the wake of Ebola in Guinea but Hilary Nabasa, who answered our phone when we called the Makerere Kikoni hotel, denies it was because of the scourge.
“No it is not because of Ebola fears,” he said, “It is because we had been over booked. It’s true Fufa booked like one to two weeks back but some other people were also already in.”
All passengers aboard the plane the Guinea team flew underwent thorough health checkups at Entebbe Airport.
But Guinea coach Dussuyer did not want to indulge in that, nor did he want to disturb the peace of his players. The Frenchman is only focused on tomorrow’s 2015 Nations Cup qualifier against Uganda at Namboole.
“Uganda is a good team,” he said, adding, “A strong team, which perform very well when they play at home – we know all that.
“They have performed very well in the first game in Ghana with a draw, and we expect a very tough game for us. I know some players, I think they have some key players maybe like the captain Mwesigwa (Andy), and Kizito (Luwagga), that forward player who played very well against Ghana, and Massa Geoffrey. I take in lots of information.”
Dussuyer is certain of what to expect.
“I expect a difficult pitch, first. We are used to seeing a pitch that is not so good. And so we expect Uganda to play a strong game at home and as I said it will be difficult but we are there to fight and get a good result,” Uganda last lost at home in 2004 against South Africa.
The last time the two sides met in Kampala, they played out a 4-4 draw in the 2002 World Cup qualifiers.
Guinea will train at Namboole tonight.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor