Friday Aug 04, 2017. 12:00
Ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers clash against Egypt, Uganda's caretaker coach Fred Kajoba says he is not scared of the Pharaohs.
Kajoba was speaking to the Daily Monitor after he faced the North Africans on four occasions as part of former coach, Milutin Sredojevic's backroom staff.
Kajoba and Moses Basena will be in charge for Uganda's 2018 Africa Nations African Championship qualifier against Rwanda and the double-header with Egypt in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier this month.
However, he says it is just another game they can easily win as he will be Basena's right hand man for the crucial encounter.
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“We have faced Egypt four times and we have learned their strengths and weaknesses over time,” said Kajoba.
“We nearly held them in Gabon (Egypt won 1-0 in Afcon) and I think our players can now handle the threat of Mohamed Salah and colleagues when we meet them.
“To Cranes, Micho was like what Cristiano Ronaldo is to Portugal. When Ronaldo got injured in the final game, Portugal fought on as a unit to win the trophy.
“Few may know that apart from handling goalkeepers with the Cranes, I advised Micho about tactics on a regular basis and so was Basena.”
The Bright Stars mentor adds that the goalkeeping department is a key component of any team’s success and he is ready to juggle the deputy role and coaching national team custodians.
“Our people are still stuck with colour but we have the ability to do what foreigners do,” adds the coach.
“I did my UEFA ‘C’ and ‘B’ badges in Britain with the likes of John Barnes (Liverpool legend) and attended many Liverpool training sessions. How then am I not qualified to coach the Cranes?.”