At a time when many had hopes on a low, when the light seemed dim, when a chance perform was almost suffocated, Emmanuel Okwi’s 88th minute equaliser in the Novembre 11 stadium in Luanda is what could turn out to be the Uganda Cranes’ apex of the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers. An 18 man holed contingent travelled to Angola with more hopes of a stalemate, a loss and space for a win remained scanty.
Injury blows to Geoffrey Massa and Musa Mudde had left the patriotic fans in in sheer shumbles. Even when coach Bobby Williamson dropped the glared for- by fans for his desired choices, the away result remained just skeptical. With already seven minutes played, Manuel Djalma Abel had put the home crowd on a loud. Williamson was at the bottom. Like a candle burning out in the wind were the sights of a point in the Cranes.
Bobby quickly and brilliantly tinkered early after recess. He brought on Vietnam proffessional, Moses Oloya for Johnson Bagoole as Cranes sought to avoid a second away loss in competitve soccer. Indeed, the tactics were spot on as Oloya set for Okwi, three minutes away from the 90th minute. I can tell you that now even those who had vowed not to return to Namboole last 8th October will buy the double header tickets.
The point will matter but most importantly the morales, trust in this string of players has been the ultimam of the Luanda final score. Bravo Cranes!!!!