International Watch-Bright Stars on duty:

kigonya _Ethiopia

Captain Bernard Muwanga, Joseph Nsubuga and Matthias Kigonya are all in good shape and doing wonders with the national team, the Uganda Cranes in Ethiopia in the ongoing the CECAFA-DSTV Senior Challenge Cup, now in the semi finals stage.

Brightstarsfc.com linked-up with Kigonya and this is what said about the championship so far.

On the defeat to Kenya………

‘We started poorly against our arch-rivals but still then, we quickly recovered against Zanzibar and really grew in confidence after that 4-0 win. I don’t want you to forget that we qualified for the quarters as group winners off a poor start and have won three out of four games played so far with seven goals scored against only two. This is very positive feeling.’

‘We corrected our mistakes from the first game and all the credit goes to the coach and to the team for taking on his instructions seriously.’

‘We played extremely well in game two and this fired us up in games three and four. We have to try to minimize on the mistakes and continue working hard.’

On the team selection and rotations………..

‘It’s the coach who decides what the best line-up is for the match. The result hurt me more than starting on the bench. I’m ambitious, I try to play my part when the chance comes but overall, I’m very happy that am with the team here.’

‘Rotations aren’t a punishment. We have a very deep squad and all the players deserve to get on. We have managed to get wins with major changes to the starting line-up.’

Changing the team selection is important in terms of raising competition for places. You needed to go out there in good physical shape and show personality, and I think that all of us who have gotten the chance on the field have shown just that.’

‘I have played one game out of the four and I am happy because in the game I played, I helped the team win with a clean sheet. So I am here with a very positive feeling because as a team we are winners.’

‘Regardless of who the coach fields, as a team, we want to put in a good match performance because we know what we want to achieve something.’

‘I want to focus on the positives as well as show a real desire to perform well and do a fantastic job when another chance comes.’

On the team’s Style…………..

The coach has reiterated a number of times that we are supposed to be a team that defends well, attacks and score goals and I think scoring seven goals, creating the chances and conceding only two goals in four games really fits our style.’

On Muwanga’s position and role……………

‘His position at the club is in central defense but i am quite amazed by the way he has coped with a more central mid-field defensive role in the three games so far.’

‘His partnership with Ntege has helped the rest of the attacking players to comfortably operate in the opponents’ half with less pressure of getting back to help in defense.’

‘He has helped the team out in defense in particular and he gives us balance.’

‘I’m proud that my captain is almost becoming a regular in this team and I hope this can be an inspiration for him to even work harder because the journey is just starting.’

On the next game…………..

Our next opponent is Ethiopia (hosts) and playing against them before their home crowd won’t be easy, but with the growing in confidence bit-by-bit from game one, I have the belief that we shall make it to the finals and win the cup.

On the man of the team so far……….

‘It is Faruok Miya.He has scored three goals so far and made two assists. Our captain is superb on the pitch and besides, he is quality leader.’

Overall…………..

‘You have to weigh up a lot of things and I think that what weighs heaviest is that we’ve won 3 games so far out of four and kept three clean sheets including the one in which I was involved against Burundi and that we are one match away to our dream, the finals.’

The Cranes take on Ethiopia tomorrow -Thursday-3rd-December-2015.