Bobby smitten by debutantes

The Scot handed debuts to five players and used 17 of the 18 travelling players as Sibomana struck late to deny the Cranes a rare victory in the 2-2 draw against Rwanda.

Friday February 8 2013

URA striker Ali Feni had a short but impressive debut for Cranes in Kigali on Wednesday.

URA striker Ali Feni had a short but impressive debut for Cranes in Kigali on Wednesday. COURTESY PHOTO 



So Uganda will have to try another time to record the country’s first ever victory in Rwanda, thanks to substitute Papy Sibomana’s late leveler for 2-2 friendly draw on Wednesday.

But coach Bobby Williamson drew positives from the general display of his players, especially the impressive Dan Sserunkuma, who created the first for exciting Saidi Kyeyune before grabbing his own from the penalty spot, and the other debutantes.
“It was a good performance,” said Bobby. “We played a lot of youngsters and experienced players came off before Rwanda equalised (the second goal).

“So I’m happy with how well they handled the occasion. I’m pleased.” The Scot used 17 of the 18 players that travelled, with KCCA’s Brian Majwega the unfortunate player not to have a run-out.

“Such games are games where you wanna see as many players as possible. We were allowed only six substitutes and I feel for the boy Brian Majwega. You and I know what he is capable of.”

Sserunkuma, Willy Kavuma, Savio Kabugo, Fahad Kawooya and Ali Feni were the debutantes. The Scot specially impressed by Sserunkuma’s full debut show. “There was never a problem between Dan Sserunkuma and I or him and Uganda,” said Bobby regarding Sserunkuma’s earlier assertion that he would change nationality should Uganda continue ignoring him, “It’s only journalists who were writing these things.”