Moses Basena: Cranes future looks bright

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Moses Basena

Moses Basena is optimistic about the future of Uganda Cranes and had described it as ‘bright’.

The interim national team coach revealed this in the aftermath of a 1-1 draw with Congo Brazzaville with a team devoid of many first team members.

Milton Karisa scored the Cranes only goal in Brazzaville to ensure the Cranes finished above Ghana and only second to giants Egypt.

“We are in the right direction and all our players love what they do,” said Basena. “Now the focus is on project 2019,” he added.

The transformation is fine and future is bright. We just hope the players remain consistent and avoid injuries and it’s always message to them after every national team game.  

Uganda played eight games in the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers and Basena, who ended it at the helm after being assistant to Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic and thinks the team didn’t finish the campaign the way they targeted.

We ended our campaign on a good note. Not as good as we expected because we wanted to win but that’s football.

Why not so good? There is a level we have now reached that we feel we can battle any team on the continent.

Uganda Cranes next task is the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup defence before embarking on CHAN early next year.