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UGANDA: Cranes win USPA award

[Posted 05 Apr 2011]
[By Charles Malingha]
UGANDA: Cranes win USPA award


One wouldn’t fault Uganda Cranes coach Bobby Williamson if the Scot believed the team deserve all the plaudits they are getting.

The good thing, though, is Bobby is a well grounded man and wouldn’t be swept off his feet even after that memorable 2012 Nations Cup qualifier 1-0 win away in Guinea Bissau.

 "The next match (Guinea Bissau) is the most important," he said,

 "After that it’s the next," Williamson added. Despite him being modest about his team's success, that hasn’t stopped the plaudits coming through, the latest arriving from the country’s sports scribes.

Bobby’s side were unanimously declared the outstanding personalities of March at the scribes’ monthly sitting at Oasis Restaurant yesterday. The 49-year-old, the first coach to lead Uganda to a qualifying victory on West African soil, was this time just as glad to take the accolade in.

"Of course it’s always good to be recognized for achievements," he said on hearing the news before inquiring which other competition they were up against.

He would have nodded his head in approval learning they had shoved off tennis ace Duncan Mugabe and junior athlete Thomas Ayeko.

Mugabe won both the Kenya and Uganda Open titles for a second consecutive year while Ayeko clinched silver at the World Cross Country Championships in Spain, clocking 22:27sec.

 "My aim as the national team coach is to put a team on the park that gets results and makes Ugandans proud," added Bobby.

Both Mugabe and Ayeko were deserving winners but the scribes’ arguments were that the significance of the Cranes’ victory, thanks to David Obua’s lone strike and Dennis Onyango’s brilliant penalty save, carried a higher magnitude.

The win broke the barrier that has oft let the team down in the quest for qualification since 1978 and firmly put Uganda in control of Group J on seven points, three ahead of closest challengers Kenya. Uganda will do with six home points against Guinea Bissau on June 4 and Kenya on October 8 but seven, including a draw in Angola, will put to rest any doubts.

The journalists were also lectured on how they can co-exist with public relations institutions by the trade’s practitioner Eden Kironde. Mugabe and Ayeko were automatic commendations.

Ronald Ssebuguzi, winner of the Umospoc Challenge Rally in Masaka, and the men’s national beach volleyball team which qualified for the All Africa Games, were the others.

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