2013 Afcon qualifier return leg
Saturday October 13th, Mandela Stadium Namboole
Uganda (0) Vs (1) Zambia
Ahead of the do or die second leg of the third and final round of the 2013 Afcon qualifiers against Zambia, Uganda Cranes striker Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza has hinted at being calm as one of the solutions if they are to over come the Champions.
Speaking to Kawowo Sports, Kiiza who played for 45
minutes in the first leg in Ndola said; “This is our biggest chance to qualify but we can only utilise it if stay calm. We don’t have to rush decisions in panic”.
The 2012 Cecafa Kagame Cup winner with Yanga FC went further to pay tribute to Herve Renard’s charges for the championship they won in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea but insisted that though the Cranes respect the Chipolopolo and they are not afraid of them.
“They are champions and we respect that but when it comes on the pitch, it’s 11 against 11”, said Kiiza before calling on fans to turn up in big numbers on D-day to cheer the team. “The fans make the 12th man. We need their support as it gives the impetus to fight. I have belief that we’re not going to dissapoint them this time”, he concluded.
Hamis Kiiza is among the five strikers Bobby Williamson summoned for the match along side Geoffrey Massa, Emma Okwi, Brian Umony and Robert Ssentongo. Uganda Cranes need to win the match with a two-goal margin to make it to the final edition in South Africa after losing to Christopher Katongo’s solitary strike in the Ndola tie.
The Cranes have not made an appearance at Afcon finals since 1978.