Uganda's U23 team praised at home for eliminating Tanzania

09:53, May 03, 2011      

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Top football officials in Uganda on Monday praised the country's U-23 football team, Kobs, for what they called a great show in eliminating Tanzania's Vijana Stars in the ongoing 2011 All Africa Games qualifiers.

Bob Williamson, head coach of the senior national team Cranes, said the Kobs had put up a good show when they beat Vijana 3-1 over the weekend.

"The senior team got a 1-0 away win over Guinea Bissau last month in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, but this win was exceptional because the team took total control of the game even with a man less after the early red card," said Williamson.

The Kobs won the first leg in Kampala 2-1 and went ahead to beat the Tanzanians in their own backyard 3-1 last Saturday to qualify for the next round on a 5-2 goal aggregate.

Lawrence Mulindwa, the head of the Federation of Uganda Football Association praised the Kobs, saying that the country needs to get into the habit of winning away games that have eluded it for some time.

Secretary General of the National Council of Sports Jasper Aligawesa also hyped praise on the Kobs team and said they had done Uganda proud.

"This is the team we need to build into a senior side as the senior players get older. I am very happy about this win," he said.

Uganda will face Kenya in the next round after Eritrea failed to travel to Nairobi last weekend to honor their 2nd leg clash. Eritrea had won the first leg 4-1.

The 2011 All Africa Games will take place in Maputo, Mozambique from September 3-18.

Uganda's football team last appeared in the All Africa Games in 1999 in South Africa where they fell out at the quarterfinal stage.

Source: Xinhua
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