Uganda: Bobby Says 2013 Came Too Soon

Kampala — It has taken Uganda exactly a month to reflect the ramifications of the failed 2012 Nations Cup campaign and Bobby Williamson admits they have not been permitted enough time to embark on another operation.

It should be added, however, that Uganda have not been an exception in this.

The Cranes left for Congo Brazzaville this morning for the initial leg of South Africa 2013 Nations Cup qualifier against the hosts hoping to keep hopes of ending 35 years of non-qualification alive.

Martin Kayongo Mutumba, the Swedish-born AIK star, also travelled with the team as Fufa try to secure his Ugandan passport today, which will be sent to Congo if successful.

The Cranes have had four training sessions under their belt, including one at the Njeru artificial turf yesterday morning, and are expected to do two or three more in Congo before the action on Wednesday.

You could argue that’s a good number of training sessions but that it’s only hurried to beat time, not helped by lack of friendlies – the two scheduled ones against South Sudan and Egypt having been unsuccessful – takes some steam out of the debate.

Bobby, however, believes the training he will have had with his boys by game time will be sufficient enough for a positive away result, albeit, decrying the time between the last qualifiers and the upcoming ones.

“This tournament comes too early for us but we are gonna (sic) have to deal with it,” he told Daily Monitor before the Congo trip, “Usually you have another year to play qualifiers but now we’ve got to take it as it is and go straight into it.

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