KAMPALA. Musafa Kizza made his second successive assist, this time to Bashir Mutanda, in as many matches as Cosafa-bound Cranes beat Western Region select 1-0 on Saturday to all but cement his place on the team that will represent Uganda in Durban.
The KCCA leftback created Allan Kayiwa’s goal in the 1-1 draw with Afcon-bound Cranes last Thursday, and was at it again on a wet surface in Bushenyi as coach Abdallah Mubiru’s men narrowly saw off their western colleagues.
From the two games, it is hardly sufficient to suggest the team is fully set for the tournament that runs from May 25, to June 8, in Durban, South Africa but they surely have given coach Mubiru a fairer idea on where his squad stands.
“The most important thing we finally got that goal which handed us the victory,” said Mubiru before the team travelled back to Kampala.
“It was very important for us to win as it boosts the players’ morale and confidence as we get closer to the kick-off of the championship.
“It has been a good game in a wonderful environment with a very impressive turn up. We tried to have control of the ball but it took us long to really settle in.
“We struggled almost the entire first half trying to get used to the field conditions and get our rhythm, which we eventually did in the second half creating many chances, which unfortunately were not efficient enough to turn them into goals.
“The game gave me another opportunity to assess the players potential and understanding who plays better where, with whom and when.”
Uganda will play at the Durban 2019 Cosafa as guests, with the players getting a glorious opportunity to showcase their talent before the continent as games will be televised on SuperSport.
Mubiru, also Police FC coach, will be in charge of the Cranes at this tournament as Desabre is engaged with the senior Cranes preparing for Afcon finals due in Egypt.
Uganda, because of their good ranking in Caf, will start the tournament from quarterfinals and they open against Lesotho.
COSAFA CUP 2019
Lesotho vs. Uganda
Zimbabwe vs. Group A Winner
South Africa vs. Botswana
Zambia vs. Winner B
*Top ranked countries start from quarters