Bright Stars’ captain Bernard Muwanga says the Cranes team now in the semi finals stage of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Ethiopia is “united and ready” for the final two stages of the championship.
To qualify to this stage, the Cranes humbled Burundi 2-0, with goals from team captain Farouk Miya and Simon Cesar Okuti.
It will be a tough test of the Cranes’ title credentials, but Muwanga insists they are ready for the challenge ahead of their semi finals date with Ethiopia on Thursday.
‘We are facing the hosts and obviously it’s going to be tighter than all the past four games, ‘Muwanga said.
‘We want to get through to the finals and we will take it really seriously. We want to be involved until the end, that’s the target.’
‘We’ve improved a lot since game one and that’s why we are looking forward to the next game as the most defining moment for the team. How united can we be throughout the championship and how consistent can we be? It’s a challenge and a good challenge so we think we are well prepared.’
‘We are very united, that is my feeling over the past seven days. Now is the time to prove we are capable of winning something for our country and as individuals. Doing great things means winning something.’
‘Every team in the last four deserves credit because they have done so well to get this far. But ours is to play Ethiopia with a purpose. We need to play serious football, defend and attack well like we did against Zanzibar and Malawi, and then we have a good chance of keeping our hopes alive for the cup.’
Uganda Cranes play Ethiopia tomorrow -Thursday 3rd -December and the game will be live on Super Sport 9.
Uganda Cranes are the record holders of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, 12 times but last tested glorly in 2012 when they out classed Kenya 2-1 in Kampala.