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Penalty shoot out a horror movie says Umony

[Posted 18 Oct 2012]
[By Charles Malingha]
Penalty shoot out  a horror movie says Umony

 When your team wins a penalty during play, jubilation will always follow. But when the taker steps forward to dispatch the kick - that moment of behold - it is what is really loud, in its silence.

The silence as you await him/her to score or miss can – most times – be agonizing. Well, until they miss, or score. Either way the withheld emotions moments back can break – in jubilation or tears, or both.

For every kick that went in before Zambia broke Ugandans’ hearts 9-8 to end the dream to the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa, fans held their breaths. For Brian Umony, who was replaced by Emmanuel Okwi in the second half, and his teammates, it was a bag of emotions.

"Everything," Umony said, "Emotions were running. It was a tormenting experience watching every kick." Umony could not help by taking the kick of his own as he was already substituted, together with the normal time goal scorer, Geoffrey Massa, and Hassan Wasswa. All he could do was hope and urge his mates on.

"At first I was confident because I knew the lads could take the penalties since they were dispatching them in training well. "And Denis (Oyango) saving Katongo’s (Christopher) gave us more confidence. But when we lost our first kick (Andy Mwesigwa’s), anxiety came in.

"Every kick that followed was difficult to watch. But the lads know how to take penalties. We were just unlucky on the day."

Umony is currently on loan at KCCA as the Vietnam League - where he features for Binh Duong - is off-season. The striker has struggled to get his act together in front of goal lately. Well, until he scored four goals in KCCA’s league game on Tuesday.

Ordinarily, he should now be eying the upcoming Cecafa due next month in Kampala, the tournament that catapulted his Cranes career in the 2009 edition.

That is if he will still be here. "Right now I want to be ready for any challenge, including Cecafa," explained the 24-year-old. "I’m not ruling it out but I’m not sure I will play. Around that time I will be up and about finalizing things on my club career."

Umony has scored eight times for Uganda in 10-plus caps.

Pressure
However, Umony, who recovered from a hip injury in time for the Zambian challenge, is confident of returning to his former self. "I think I’ve been working hard towards that," said the striker, "It’s been a process, working harder, gaining fitness and polishing the finishing.

"Of course as a striker you feel the pressure when the goals are not coming. It happens to all strikers. "But you keep your head up, put in a lot of work and once you score one, the rest fall in place."

Tonny Mawejje, Hamis Kiiza, Moses Oloya, Godfrey Walusimbi, Okwi, Simeon Masaba, Onyango (goalkeeper), and Geoffrey ’Baba’ Kizito converted their kicks in the 8-9 loss to Zambia at Namoole on Saturday. Patrick Ochan’s effort was saved by Zambian keeper Kennedy Mweene.



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