Somalia’s national football team, the Ocean stars, on Thursday afternoon trained at the Startimes stadium in Lugogo as they shaped for their decisive clash with the Uganda Cranes on Saturday 3rd August in the return leg of the CHAN 2020 qualifiers at the same turf.
The Ocean stars lost 3-1 to the Uganda Cranes in the first leg on Saturday 27th at Al Haji Hussein Guled Stadium in Djibouti, courtesy of Patrick Kaddu, Kizza Mustafa and Taddeo Lwanga.
The Uganda Cranes had also trained in the morning and despite their 3-1 advantage from the first leg, there is concern that the absence of defender Timothy Awany and midfielder Tadeo Lwanga who are bound for moves to Isreal and North Africa respectively, might expose the Ugandan team but midfielder Sadam Juma says the available players will handle.
“We shall miss Timothy Awany and Taddeo Lwanga because their experience meant so much to the team but I believe the rest of the team can finish the job and we wish them well in everything they are doing now,” Saddam said.
Timothy Awany who was the captain in the Chan squad that played on 27th in Djibouti but wont be part of the return leg due to his move to Ashdod FC in Isreal.
He has been replaced by Prolines Mujuzi Mustafa who will skipper the team, deputized by Muzamir Mutyaba.