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Cranes’ Kalungi unfazed by poor record on travels

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Uganda Cranes defender Kalungi (right) jogging with teammat

Uganda Cranes defender Kalungi (right) jogging with teammates at Mandela National Stadium in yesterday afternoon’s practice session. Photo by Ismail Kezaala 

By  ELVIS SENONO

Posted  Tuesday, May 13  2014 at  01:00

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Uganda Cranes are as good at home as they are poor away but the centre back is confident that reputation wont play on the minds of the players come Sunday.

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KAMPALA- Often labeled as poor travelers, Uganda Cranes justify their status since they have won just once in their last eight Afcon qualification games in a period stretching back to October 2006.
The 1-0 victory against Guinea-Bissau in March 2011 courtesy of a David Obua strike being the only triumph in that sequence.

The team has however managed three barren draws in that process. It is for that reason that defender Henry Kalungi is asking the team’s fans to believe the team can get a positive result against Madagascar. when the two sides face off on Sunday in the 2015 Afcon pre-qualifier.

“It is no longer a guarantee that the home team will win because football has moved on,” said Kalungi, who turns out for third tier American side Richmond Kickers. “If we can maintain our focus then I am positive we can get a good result.”

The technical team is also likely to switch the Cranes training to Njeru after it was revealed that Sunday’s game may be played on an artificial turf, according to sources.

The team was yesterday boosted by the arrival of the Kenya-based trio of Khalid Aucho, Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito and Daniel ‘Mzee’ Sserunkuma.

essenono@ug.nationmedia.com