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Kizza Talks Henry Departure & Wanyama

21-year-old back in homeland for international break reflects on his early days in Montreal...

Mustafa Kizza (centre, yellow boots) pictured before making his AFCON debut this afternoon in Blantyre, Malawi. The ‘Cranes’ lost 0-1 and exited the competition.

Mustafa Kizza has been telling local Ugandan press about life at CF Montreal. In particular their interest centred in how things were for the 21-year-old playing under coach, Thierry Henry.

In an interview with the Nairobi-based Daily Monitor, Kizza said, “Thierry? My first time meeting him I was a bit nervous but excited.

“But he welcomed me very well. He is a top coach. He helped me a lot because he knew what I can do. So he was pushing me in everything.”

He also remarked on Henry’s departure in the off-season.

“It affected me a little bit but not much because all the coaches there are the same.

“They know what I can do. I miss him, playing under him but life goes on.”

But Mustafa was keen to point out he does have an effective mentor closer to home.

“I got someone else who has helped me a lot - Victor Wanyama. He is helping me a lot to settle in.”

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