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Kizito banks on passion of young players to overcome Congo side

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Victoria University players and officials kneel down

Victoria University players and officials kneel down in prayer after training at Namboole yesterday. They visit DR Congo side Don Bosco this weekend. Photo by Eddie Chicco 

By Elvis Senono

Posted  Thursday, February 6  2014 at  02:00

In Summary

Ugandan side travel to DR Congo without three of their most experienced players but former Cranes defender Nestroy Kizito believes they will overcome hurdle.

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Victoria University go into their game against DR Congo side CS Don Bosco hoping that the desire to deliver on their maiden continental appearance can help them get a positive first leg result.

Having suspended three of the club’s most experienced players because of indiscipline, the university side travel to Lubumbashi for the Caf Confederations Cup preliminary first round fixture with a very young squad. Former skipper Nestory Kizito, who is now part of the club’s coaching staff, said yesterday that having a young squad playing the first leg away from home would play in their favour.

“Young players play with a lot of passion,” former Cranes defender Kizito said after yesterday’s training session at Namboole. Adding: “Playing the first leg away from home is an advantage because players are also able to express themselves better without added pressure of home fans.”

That enthusiasm and passion Kizito talked about was on show during yesterday morning’s session although he and head coach Morley Byekwaso might want to talk to the players to avoid channelling such energy against teammates.

Byekwaso was forced to intervene after new recruit Moses Musindo and left back Isaac Muleme almost came to blows. Musindo appeared to swing an elbow towards Muleme with the coach consequently ordering the winger off the pitch.

Dropped
Musindo was also among the eight players dropped by Byekwaso as he released his final 18-man squad that will have five debutantes.

Exciting left winger Peter Otai, signed from Maroons in January, made the cut.
There was, however, no place for former KCC attacker Caesar Sapeo and former Water FC winger Brian Ochwo, who missed out after fracturing his arm.

Strikers Daniel Nsubuga and Mathew Odong, however, did not take part in yesterday’s training as they were still sorting out their travel documents but are expected to take part in the final session this morning. The team is expected to fly out tomorrow morning.

esenono@ug.nationmedia.com