Caesar Okhuti is determined to redeem his status as one of Uganda's treasured strikers when Cranes confront former Brazil internationals in a historic friendly on Friday.
The St. Mary's Kitende Secondary
School student is part of the squad undergoing training under coach
Robert Williamson at Namboole and one of several players hoping to battle
the revered football powerhouse.
"I have had a terrible
run that I want to end on Friday. There have been doubts about my abilities
but now that I have overcome all my injury problems, the fans will begin
to appreciate me," Okhuti told The New Vision.
Just like team-mate Tony Odur,
Okhuti had become a permanent fixture in the Cranes team during German
Laszlo Csaba's tenure. However, the Bunamwaya forward has faded since, dropping
behind the emerging talent of Brian Umony and the established Geoffrey Massa.
But in the absence of Umony,
Massa and Emma Okwi, it is Okhuti, Robert Ssentongo, Odur, Bruno Olobo
or Peter Ssenyonjo who are expected to shoulder the Cranes attacking load
The Brazilian team includes
former internationals Paulo Sergio (captain), Silva Ferreira Costa,
Giovanni Silva de Oleveira, Batista Viana Santos, Emerson Pereira da
Silva, Bebeto, Ze Carlos, Silvao, Viola, Ricardo Rocha, Rai, Muller,
Gilmar, Jorginho, Mauro Silva, and Mazinho among others.
The team is currently in Burundi
and will conclude their charity trip in Kenya after playing with select
sides and the national teams of Burundi, Uganda and Kenya.