Inexperience, fatigue cost amputee soccer team in Cecaaf

Friday July 5 2019

Missed. Youngster Damastin Ojok (R) was among

Missed. Youngster Damastin Ojok (R) was among the Uganda players who were missed in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO BY FELIX AINEBYOONA 

By ABDUL-NASSER SSEMUGABI

Uganda’s amputee soccer team did not score a single goal at the Confederation of Eastern and Central Africa Amputee Football (Cecaaf) tournament, braved dire conditions but left the Tanzania National Main Stadium in Dar es Salaam with hopes.

Besides Uganda being voted the most disciplined team of the tournament, Lawrence Kitimbo, head of the Uganda Amputee Soccer Federation, believes they can do better under better conditions, going forward. “It was a tough road. After nearly three days on the road, we played on the very day we reached Dar es Salaam. We played with swollen feet,” Kitimbo told Daily Monitor.

They missed younger and more dependable players like Julius Waiswa, Mungueconi Tabuley, Mario Odima, among others, who lacked travel documents. They resorted to UPDF wounded veterans like Denis Andevu, Bosco Kidega, Ronald Pimundu, Richard Ayella and Sam Mubajje.
“The best teams fielded mostly young players, who were too fast for our veterans, most of whom were born in the ‘70s,” Kitimbo said.

Uganda lost their first game 1-0 to Zanzibar but the worst came to the worst in their second game when Mubajje, the only goalkeeper they had, injured his ankle. Hosts Tanzania were leading 1-0 but when Mubajje carried on, Uganda conceded four more goals.
“We nearly abandoned the tournament, because none of us was eligible for goalkeeping,” Kitimbo added. Kitimbo commended KCCA, UPDF and Uganda High Commission to Dar es Salaam for the support.

assemugabi@ug.nationmedia.com

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