Ivan Ssemwanga Tips Cranes, Stakes Shs30M

SangomaSouth African based Ugandan businessman, Ivan Ssemwanga is confident the national team will qualify for the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championship.

The Cranes face Morocco in one of the 2 group B deciding fixtures that will determine who sails to the quarter finals.

Ssemwanga speaking to Red Pepper Online Sport in an exclusive interview insists that the boys will do the job tonight “I think for us we are going to beat those Arabs (sic)”.

“We shall win it, but to come out with opposition like Morocco, you’re always upbeat.

“It’s a hard game, our mental preparation is different and I think Micho will get them fired up. I think we will get a win.

“The Ugandan community in South Africa will come and fill up the stadium, the boys need the motivation,” he added.

The flashy businessman yesterday staked UgX 30 Million should the Uganda Cranes successfully progress from the group B.

He has already delivered the first batch of the money (UgX 10M) with a promise of another UgX 20 M should the team overcome Morocco and make it to the last 8 teams in the biannual championships.

Whereas majority of Ugandan fans have applauded the generous heart of Ssemwanga, several of them have come out to question the timing of the offer.

Uganda currently leads group B with 4 points with a win against Morocco or atmost a draw (depending on Zimbabwe – Burkina Faso result) guaranteeing the CECAFA representatives a slot in the last 8.

A draw will paste the group into mathematical computations as Zimbabwe (currently on 2 points) faces the bottom lagging Burkina Faso who have one point.

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