It is well known that good preparations yield positives in any calibre. Many should be with me on this that the Uganda Cranes have not done the best organisation for the Angola trip. As one one peruses through this piece, you may think the writer is a critic, sabotuer or he lacks the spirit of patriotism. But may be not. Just giving my side of the view. Our preparations have not been to the normal standards.

From the time darkness fell on the Cranes on October 8 last year, the unfoldings have not sought any hope. From political mayhem to luckless times, is the road we have moved. Coach Bobby Williamson will have to bring the best out of an injury hit side that has shown alot of panic. With Geoffrey Massa ruled out due to a knee knock that he suffered this week and a doubtful Mudde Musa, Luanda could be a hard destination. Some players are set to join the camp just hours to the tie and fatigue will of course find its way in.

The threesome that retired national team football prior to the 3-1 deficit has seemed to sink the side as perfect replacements have often left Williamson unsettled. At the start of the previous campaigns, fans knew the line ups on their finger tips which partly symboled organisation and consistency that has now faded away. Further more, the Bell Super League games are still going on and at a time when the final bend is so decisive, summoned home based players might not deliver well on the international front.

Last year, Uganda conceded two courtesy of Manucho Goncalvez and Flavio Amando in Luanda, a result that dug the Cranes’ grave. Uganda needed just a point then but we were left stuck a month later in Namboole. Positive results could this time be a big hurdle for the travelling side.

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