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Kajoba hopes backline aids forward thrust

[Posted 02 Oct 2012]
[By Charles Malingha]
Kajoba hopes backline aids forward thrust

A common soccer adage goes that the best form of defending is to attack. But those that believe in protecting their backline against the opposition penetration before any meaningful attack also rightly argue it is defence first.

Fred Kajoba, the Uganda Cranes goalkeeping coach, believes in the latter school. And for him, the October 13 Nations Cup qualifier against Zambia must well be plotted from the back to boost the forwards’ confidence in looking for the needed two-plus goals to make South Africa 2013.

"Definitely," Kajoba told Beez Sports, rather resolutely, "We badly must keep the clean sheet because if we don’t defend well, the good work our forwards might have done upfront will count for nothing."

The soldier, who also doubles as Simba coach, knows his department does not stop at training goalkeepers only. "It goes with the entire defence," he added, "The goalkeeper must communicate well with the defenders and they must also give him confidence in how they deal with different situations. "I have full confidence in Onyango.

He is a great goalkeeper and has not disappointed for the last two campaigns. "Dhaira, too, is a very good and young goalkeeper and in him we have very good cover for Onyango. So in terms of numbers and quality, we are covered in that department but it is how they communicate with the defence."

Bobby Williamson’s side have often been accused of losing concentration and conceding careless goals. A case in point is the 3-1 defeat away in Congo Brazzaville and the first leg against Zambia where Christopher Katongo scored from a throw in after the Cranes defence failed to clear their lines.

"Onyango trusted Sekagya (Ibrahim, who retired) together with Andy (Mwesigwa) in front of him," said Kajoba. "Communication was still a problem with Kalungi (Henry) coming in but he has slowly fit in.

He is getting used and hopefully the entire defence will be up to the task against the African champions (Zambia)."

Cranes beat the under-20 national team 6-1 in a friendly yesterday.


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