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KCCA striker Brian Umony has vowed to end his three-year goal drought for the national team when The Cranes kick off their Cecafa Cup defence against Kenya tomorrow, writes Moses Mugalu.

Based on yesterday’s training session, Umony is a sure bet to start in attack alongside Emma Okwi and he has promised to live up to the task by delivering the goals in the highly anticipated match.

“Every game is important but we need to win this one to build our confidence,” he said after the team’s two-hour training session at Lugogo. “For me, this is a great chance to score goals on such an important occasion.”

Umony, with eight goals in sixteen matches, last scored in Uganda’s 2-1 victory over Malawi in an international friendly at Namboole in March 2009. His last face-off with Kenya at Namboole was heartbreaking when he failed to hit the back of the net in the goalless draw last year. The Cranes needed only a 1-0 victory to qualify for the 2012 Nations Cup finals in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea.

“I would love to forget about that by scoring against them on Saturdaybut for now the most important thing is to win this game,” he adds.

On Wednesday, coach Bobby Williamson trimmed the squad to twenty players but after watching the level of competition for places in yesterday’s training, his task to choose the starting eleven remains an unenviable one.

“Everyone, as you have seen here in training, is very good,” Williamson remarked.

Going into the tournament, Williamson and his boys have enjoyed a high level of support in terms of logistics, allowances and other related welfare issues. A fans platform – the Uganda Cranes Initiative (UCI) – boosted Fufa’s efforts by mobilizing Shs 200m to cater for the team’s needs.

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0 #1 The Ugandan... 2012-11-24 14:35
Why would Umony start when he has no goals in 3 years?

He is a journey man and has not replicated his form of 3 years ago. Uganda is not Spain but the Spaniards will not hesitate to play without a striker if Torres or Villa are not scoring.

Umony has no business starting ahead of Hamis Kiiza. You want goals at home? Start Hamis and Okwi. They form a proven deadly combination right from the youth teams. Throw on Mzee or Ssentongo with intelligent attacking midfielders and you have a goal scoring machine.

Umonyi's problems are actually psychological. However, playing him out of respect for his seniority or hope that he will get going is not fair to other scoring strikers or the fans. No wonder Mzee, who has been part of the youth setup is thinking of switching to Kenya.

Why start a striker who has had no goals in 3 years? It does not make sense! I love Umony but, let him hit the bench until he gets his scoring boots on again.
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0 #2 Polo 2012-11-26 15:22
How do u expect him to score from the bench? He has to be played if he is better than Kiiza in training. The best have to play
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