Uganda Cranes coach Bobby Williamson says qualification for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations would be his best achievement of his dugout career, according to supersport.com.

This will be Bobby’s thirds campaign as manager for the Cranes though the five-year spell has yielded three Cecafa titles and Championship of African Nations (Chan) once. 

The Scot is currently preparing his side for next

weekend’s must-win qualifier against African champions, Zambia, in Kampala. “If it (qualification) happens it would be fantastic,” Bobby said.

“It would be the biggest success of my career and of all these players’ I would imagine.” Uganda needs to win by a two-goal margin against Zambia on October 13 in Kampala to be sure of qualifying for the finals in South Africa.

The Scot is also aware that this qualifier is happening in a week the hosts are marking 50 years of independence from Britain, thus its significance cannot be underestimated.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve qualified for this tournament,” he said, adding, “It’s been a long time since Uganda gained its independence.” Uganda last took part in the finals 34 years ago and the Scot is well aware of the anger to gain qualification.

“Hopefully it all comes together (independence celebrations and qualification) at the same time, it would be fantastic. It will be a great week for all Ugandans if we can manage to do that.”

Bobby’s other managerial successes include winning the Scottish Cup in 1997 with Kilmarnock and three Cecafa titles with the Cranes.

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