By Joseph Kiwanuka
Uganda Cranes interim coach Moses Basena is optimistic his charges can get a double win over Egypt in the return leg today evening in Alexandria Egypt.
“We need to maintain our ground, Egypt is now under pressure, we know that they are going to react after losing to us at Namboole, but we believe in what we do” explained Basena
“football is a continuous process with mistakes which need rectifying but in today’s game, points matter a lot” he further revealed to The Kampala Sun.
Is Basena the right man for cranes?
Basena was appointed as Uganda Cranes interim coach on Monday 30th July 2017 during a fully packed FUFA press conference in Mengo Kampala.
He was dared to successfully lead the national team through the CHAN and 2018 Russian World Cup Qualifiers double headers between Rwanda and Egypt.
There has been a lot of question whether the national team will ever get the right coach after contract rebel coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic left the cranes team. But Moses Basena revealed to The Kampala Sun`s Joseph Kiwanuka in a brief interview that he is the right man and has the aptitude to lead the cranes team to success.
Q: Briefly tell us about you.
ANS: I am Moses Basena Kayondo born in Buikwe 50-years ago. I started coaching in 1996 after I left Sports Club Villa, I went to coffee football club, it was my first team as a coach working under Tom Lwanga the Uganda football legend.
I have won trophies at both local and international level, with Sports Club Villa, Uganda cranes (as assistant coach), URA football club and with Simba FC while in Tanzania.
Q: Do you think you are the right person for Uganda Cranes?
ANS: I don’t know; it depends on what I want. I want to improve myself because I had set a target to retire from football in the next four years probably but do I think am the right person? I think I am, right for football not right for saving or wining but I think I know some bit of football.
Q: Why did you accept Uganda Cranes opportunity on an interim basis?
ANS: There were some motivational factors because some people thought I am a bad manager, I wanted to prove them wrong. Uganda Cranes is organised and FUFA gave me a free hand in whatever I want to do. I asked for the services of Ibrahim Ssekagya and Matia Lule, FUFA brought them on board.
Q: Won’t you drop The national team for a top flight country opportunity like your former boss did?
ANS: I don’t think am there to prove to anybody now, but it depends on which offer comes up. I still have kids at the university who want tuition and if somebody is giving me better money, you never know but I think so far so good with my current job.
Q: Have you rectified Uganda Cranes mistakes that saw them fail to win Egypt since 1965.
ANS: Football problems are always arising from situations and we always try to tackle a situation as it comes. Whatever questions football put in front of us, we try to answer them slowly by slowly and one by one.
Q: There has been a lot of cries from fans about the Crane`s failure to score more goals, how are you going to solve that problem in the second round of the 2018 Russia world cup qualifiers?
ANS: There is no team that decides to win away games by three or five goal margin. We should know that we are playing a league format, and I urge everyone to keep their feet on the ground; try to work more and not to be satisfied with wining against Egypt and leading the group in the first leg. We rather have to work harder; we need more goals because goals give us the points.
Q: What is the impact of Ibrahim Ssekagya and Matia Lule on the national team so far?
ANS: The impact is that, they have brought in competition and experience which is helping; everybody is trying to fight for a position on the team now that we seem to be on the right track. They (Ssekagya and Matia Lule) are their (cranes players) predecessors, that’s why players are trying to impress, if everybody is trying to impress; we can always get the best out of each individual.
Q: You managed to break the Egyptian Dominance over Cranes, how do you feel?
ANS: I feel blessed and proud after breaking the Egyptian supremacy. All the time I have played and coached football, North African teams have always been superior.