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2018 World Cup opponent watch: Former Uganda captain Mayanja tips Cranes to beat Egypt

Former Uganda Cranes skipper and deputy coach Jackson Mayanja has given advice to national team coach Moses Basena about what it will take to beat the lauded Egyptians this afternoon at Namboole.

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Former Uganda Cranes skipper and deputy coach Jackson Mayanja has given advice to national team coach Moses Basena about what it will take to beat the lauded Egyptians this afternoon at Namboole.

Having etched out a demigod status in Egyptian league and suffered bruises against the Pharaohs in his national team days, the 47-year-old feels the times have changed for Uganda to continue with the damning submissive stance against the North Africans.

“Football has changed after a long time and I expect a positive result for Cranes,” said Simba (Tanzania) deputy coach who earned the moniker ‘Mia Mia’ for his glorious days with Al Masry.

Mayanja believes Cranes can be solid and flexible if they went with a line-up of Denis Onyango, Nicholas Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Murushid Juuko, Isaac Isinde, Hassan Wasswa, Khalid Aucho, Joseph Ochaya, Emma Okwi, Derrick Nsibambi and Farouk Miya.

“It would be a good team if they perform to their expectations,” adds Mayanja.

He calls for an offensive approach at the Namboole fortress; “If they don’t attack Egypt at home, will they be able to attack them in Alexandria?

It has to be an all-out attacking game and nothing less because we are at home.”

He has faith in interim coaches Basena and Fred Kajoba to match experienced Egypt boss Hector Cuper pound for pound.

“Basena is a senior coach and so is Kajoba. It has been my dream to see local coaches handle the national team. Let us join hands and support them,” revealed Mayanja, who along with Kajoba were part of the Cranes set up walloped 6-0 by Egypt in 1995.

He is delighted that former Cranes skipper and team mate Ibrahim Sekagya has brought his foreign coaching experience to the team.

“Sekagya’s inclusion is a good gesture psychologically to those players and it comes at a good time.”

Ignore Salah

Mayanja does not read much into the potential threat from Liverpool speedy forward Muhamed Salah – because modern football dictates team play.

”There is no need to man-mark him because that is old fashioned football. The coaches should go for a tactical approach that tames the whole team not Salah alone,” advised the former Bunamwaya, KCCA, Kagera, Kiyovu and URA coach.



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Nigeria players to receive € 2 million qualifying bonus for World Cup

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Nigeria’s players will receive a € 2 million bonus from their Federation after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

The selection of Nigeria will participate in the World Cup 2018. (The Team)
Qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Nigerian internationals will receive a qualifying bonus, as reported on Wednesday by the spokesman of the Federation (NFF). « The NFF has agreed with the team to pay him 2.4 million dollars (2 million euros) of the 8 that she expects from Fifa, » revealed Ademola Olajire, the Director of Communications of the Federation.

Last week, the NFF had already announced that an agreement had been reached on match bonuses in Russia, to avoid the hiccups of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that forced the then Sports Minister to to travel to South America on a private jet, with nearly four million dollars (3.39 million euros) in cash. The terms of the new agreement had not been disclosed.

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Author of 95 goals in the Premier League, the Nigerian striker permanently hangs the crampons. He had no club since last April.

He was in his way one of the leading players of the 2000s in the Premier League. Passed by Porsmouth, Middlesbrough or Everton, Yakubu Aiyegbeni had a successful career in England. The numbers speak for him: 252 appearances for 95 goals, more than one goal every three games. Now, that era is over and the Nigerian is turning to another career: he announced that he was ending his professional career.

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After three successive loan seasons, the arrival of Antonio Conte opened the door to Victor Moses. The Nigerian international got his chance from the Italian technician and used it very well. Moses took full advantage of the golden opportunity and was one of the star players of the club in winning the English Premier League title last season. The Blues have rewarded the performance of the 26-year-old by extending his contract.

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« The news has given me a lot more confidence. That’s where I belong, that’s where I want to play, that’s where I want to help my team and win trophies. Chelsea is one of the biggest football clubs in the world. I am happy here and I enjoy it. I have always believed in myself. As a footballer, it is essential to have this conviction, « he concluded.

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