Mathias Kigonya is hoping to be given another game run-out in the Cranes’ tie with Ethiopia in tomorrow’s semi final and will be out to grasp it firmly with both gloves.
The Bright Stars’ goalkeeper was in goal in the Cranes’ third game against Burundi and managed to keep a clean sheet.
Kigonya is unsure whether he’ll be provided with an opportunity to be involved in the semi final game, but if he is, he’ll be very much determined to make the most of it.
He told Brightstarsfc.com: ‘The team hasn’t been announced yet, so we don’t know who is going to play but obviously I would like to play.’
‘My game against Burundi was really good – a great experience and with fantastic memories and I thank the coach for the opportunity– so I hope it comes again.’
The game against Burundi is the only competitive game for the young star since he was called up to the national team set-up. Nevertheless, the Bright Stars’ stopper knows how important it is to try to impress whenever called upon.
‘Everyone would like to play,” said Kigonya. ‘I would like to get another opportunity and then try to take it by playing well.’
‘I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe I could do that and that’s why, at Bright Stars I put in a lot of effort into training, in the gym and everywhere.’
‘The main thing is when you have an opportunity, you have to take it – you need to be concentrated and need to play well. Most of the players are in the same shoes as everyone wants to play and represent the Cranes – and I am the same.’
Thursday’s afternoon fixture comes at the semi-final stage of the championship, but while Kigonya acknowledges that there is a genuine chance of silverware, he’s eager to stress that no-one within the camp is allowing thoughts to drift beyond the clash with Ethiopia.
Asked if he’d given any consideration to the prospect of winning the cup, Kigonya replied: ‘Obviously that’s our aim, but we’re still two steps away.’
‘The game today is a massive step given the fact Ethiopia will be playing at home and are a good passing side, but so are we. We’re looking forward to the game and will hopefully progress to the finals.’
‘They are a good passing team with fast players up front– so we need to be aware of their quality and be tight to them; but they are beatable.’
‘I think the coaches have done the home work of analyzing their strengths and weaknesses and have already designed a plan and hopefully we can execute it.’
Kigonga admits that for Miya and Muwanga to be passed fit for the game against Ethiopia is a timely boost to the squad.
‘They are good characters, fantastic players and they have their own strengths. For the team, it’s really good.’