TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIP OF AFRICAN NATIONS QUALIFIERS (1ST ROUND, 1ST LEG):
14th July 2017:
South Sudan Vs Uganda
Juba Stadium, Juba.
Vipers and Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Ismail Watenga is hopeful his experience and that of some of his teammates will give them the edge in their Chan qualifier match against a little known neighbors South Sudan.
The two sides will face off today in Juba as the Cranes bid to book a spot in their third straight Championship of African Nations (CHAN) finals.
For South Sudan,they will be seeking to make their maiden appearance in this championship.
‘ Last year the championship was quite a challenge for us and we learnt some lessons.Against South Sudan, we want to use our experience to get the better of them,’ said Ismail Watenga.
The Vipers shot stopper was part of the Cranes squad that played in the 2014 and 2016 Chan finals in South Africa and Rwanda respectively and will be more than excited to help his country secure their third straight final.
‘South Sudan are a daring team, they will be out to attack and we are not going to let anything to chance. We have a good team, our captain(Serunkuma Geoffrey) has scored an avalanche of goals this season and we know how important this is for us.
“We have complete respect for them, but we want the best from this encounter.”
With no doubt, the Vipers keeper is the best in domestic league and is expected to start between the posts ahead of Proline’s Saidi Keni.
Uganda has failed to progress past the group stages in the previous three editions but Watenga does not think the past will return to haunt them again should make it past go past South Sudan over the two legs before facing the winner between Rwanda and Tanzania.