Afcon 2013 qualifier,
Uganda (0) Vs (1) Zambia,
Saturday October 13th, Mandela Stadium, Namboole

After that narrow 0-1 loss to Zambia in the first leg in the final round of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations at the Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola, the Uganda Cranes’ chances of making it to the Afcon finals in South Africa 2013 looked bright as they just

need to get a win of a two goals margin in the second leg match they host at Namboole.

The Cranes have a formidable record at the stadium with their last loss coming against the 2013 Afcon hosts seven years ago. In between that period, many giants including Nigeria and Angola have fallen.

However, they have also had poor results like against Kenya in the previous campaigns and recently against Senegal in the 2014 World cup qualifiers.

Besides, the national team has failed when it mattered the most like a loss to Rwanda in 2003 draws versus Nigeria and Kenya in 1993 and 2011 respectively which ensured that Uganda’s absence at Africa’s biggest soccer show piece continued. Against Zambia in a do or a die match, Bobby Williamson’s charges must avoid the repeat of mistakes that have cost the nation in the past.

It’s clear that the team needs just a margin of two goals to eliminate the champions and that feat seems achievable but it can’t come easy against a side of Zambia’s quality.

Going by recent home performances, the goals are likely to flow but what about keeping the attack that boosts of Christopher Katongo, Jonas Sakuwaha, Emmanuel Mayuka and Jacob Mulenga silent for the entire 90 minutes? It’s not easy job but can be done.

Remember the Andy Mwesigwa led rear guard contained them in their own back yard and restricted them to just a single strike. Why not at home?
Before we think of scoring two goals, we should first ensure things are tightened at the back because any goal we concede against Herve Renard’s team will mean replying with at least two.

In a recent interview with Daily Monitor, Uganda Cranes goal keeping Coach Fred Kajoba also echoed the same sentiments.
“We badly must keep the clean sheet because if we don’t defend well, the good work our forwards might have done upfront will count for nothing.”
“The goalkeeper must communicate well with the defenders and they must also give him confidence in how they deal with different situations”, he said.

Of recent, our defence has looked porous and conceded 6 goals in 6 games which is a worrying factor but with exactly ten days to the game, this can be ironed out.

We go We go, Uganda Cranes We go

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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