RUBAVU, RWANDA- Coach Mathias Lule expects no complacency when his Cubs team play the Rwanda Junior Wasps today at the Stade Umuganda in Gisenyi.
The two meet in the penultimate round of the 2015 Africa under-17 Youth Championship qualifiers with the Cubs holding a 4-0 lead from the first leg a fortnight ago.
“We are fully focused on the task at hand and I have stressed to the boys that the tie is not yet complete,” Lule sounded out before the team’s final session at the match venue yesterday.
Lule has, however, not been entirely satisfied with the hospitality of the host nation; the Rwandan official who picked up the team on arrival at Nyabugogo facing the full brunt of his anger.
“You knew of our arrival but have decided to pick us up an hour later but that won’t divert us,” fumed Lule, whose team had been on the road since Tuesday evening.
Consequently the team only had a 15-minute session at Amohoro stadium before it got dark on Wednesday. They then embarked on a four-hour drive on Thursday to Gisenyi.
They were also made to wait for an hour yesterday at the Peaceland hotel lobby where the team resided before they could be allocated rooms, something that also did not go down well him.
Lule is expected to make one change from the team that started the first leg with Qatar based Hassan Senyonjo expected to start in place of Julius Poloto in midfield.
There are two other additions to the squad with Diego Katumba and Ezra Bida also in line to make their first appearances.
The Rwandans, meanwhile, added four new players to their team including Gerald Tumwesigye, a teammate of Senyonjo at the Aspire academy and formerly at Proline Academy.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Rwanda Wasps Vs Uganda Cubs
At Umuganda Stadium, Rabavu
3 p.m Rwandan Time (4pm in Uganda)
Probable starting lineup
Eric Kibowa, Okiring, Alex Komakech, Samuel Nemeyimana, Bashir Asiku, Emmanuel Olinga, Hassan Ssenyonjo, Frank Zaga Tumwesigye, Pius Obuya, Muhammed Shaban, Charles Sebutinde,