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Uganda Under-17 coach seeks revenge

By VICTOR KUMWENDA
UGANDA Under-17 team coach Matia Lule is confident of eliminating Zambia from the 2015 Africa Junior Championship qualifying race as a way of erasing memories of 2010 when the junior Cranes were expelled from the competition.
Uganda beat Zambia 3-1 on aggregate but the Confederation of African Football expelled the East Africans for using over-age players.
“It evokes the sad episode of four years ago, when we were barred from the qualifiers for using over-age players. This time with the MRI scan we will knock them [Zambia] out to qualify to the finals.
“That’s the best way to banish the unpleasant episode. It won’t be easy considering their [Zambia] pedigree. Zambia is a [more] formidable opponent than Seychelles and Rwanda,” Lule told Federation of Uganda Football Association website.
Uganda thumped Seychelles 5-1 on aggregate before edging Rwanda 7-2 over two legs to set up final round clash against Zambia.
On Zambia’s 6-0 aggregate win over Botswana, Lule said it does not bother him.
“I would rather concentrate on improving my team. We must improve our ball retention which I felt was our undoing in allowing Rwanda back into the game in our last game in Kigali,” Lule said.
Zambia host Uganda next Friday.
Meanwhile, Uganda have suffered a setback after skipper Andrew Okiring Isiagi was ruled out of the first leg due to school commitments.
Isiagi, who is a student at Carlisle Academy in the United States of America, will be available for the return leg slated for September 30 in Kampala.
The winner will secure a slot at the tournament in Niger.

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