Ugandan National Team Prepare To Face Brazilian Select Side

The select team’s two-week football and charity mission will see them travel to Burundi, Uganda and Kenya...
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 at Nakivubo.

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.

James Momanyi,