Saturday, October 11, 2014
Mandela stadium, Namboole
Kickoff: [4:00 PM in Uganda, 1:00 PM in Togo]
Entry Fees: 20,000/= (Ordinary), 50,000/= (VIP) and 120,000/= (VVIP)
Togo have never lost to the Cranes in four encounters. Two of the four games were 0-3 and 3-0 home and away wins for Togo’s Sparrow Hawks. They are aware that a third consecutive defeat to Uganda will literally end their hopes of making the 2015 Africa Cup of nations finals in Morocco.
What the coaches say;
Cranes Head Coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sedrojevic and the technical team have prepared the players well ready for the group E fixture that Uganda leads.
“Match in front of us is the mother of all battles because we know once we go past this battle it will be much easier to achieve anything. The players are physiologically, physically and mentally prepared,” Micho says.
“We put ourselves in a difficult situation by losing to Guinea and Ghana, Nevertheless, our aim is to put our campaign back on course starting with game against Uganda Cranes,” Togo Sparrow Hawks coach Tchanile Tchakala says.
Group E so far;
The Uganda Cranes team leads Group E with four points with a better goal difference than Ghana who have equal number of points. Uganda come into this fixture in better form compared to Togo, having won one and drawn two ties against Guinea and Ghana respectively. Togo have lost both to Guinea (2-0) and Ghana (3-2) and lie bottom of the four team log in Group E
The Sparrow Hawks, who arrived on Friday afternoon, have lost two games in the campaign and remain bottom of Group E.
The Togo national football team, nicknamed Les Eperviers (The Sparrow Hawks), is controlled by the Fédération Togolaise de Football. They played at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Their team bus underwent a fatal attack in Angola prior to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. They withdrew and were subsequently banned from the following two tournaments by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). In 2013 for the first time in history, Togo reached the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Cranes star Geoffrey Massa, a 46th minute substitute, continued his form grabbing Pretoria Tuks’ consolation as they were ejected 2-1 in extra from the Telkom Knockout. Massa has scored in Uganda’s last three home games, including a brace against Guinea.
In Emmanuel Adebayor, Togo boasts of one of Africa’s finest football ambassadors. His instincts were not just appreciated at Arsenal, Manchester City and currently at Tottenham Hotspurs —but in Africa too, after being crowned Africa Player of the Year in 2008.
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President, Eng Moses Magogo assured the public of maximum safety during a special press briefing together with Assistant Inspector General of Police and Director of Operations Andrew Felix Kaweesi held at Namboole National Stadium on Friday evening.
Gates opened as early as 10 a.m to allow the fans have easy access to the stadium.
Uganda Cranes Probable XI:
Denis Onyango (GK), Denis Iguma, Andrew Mwesigwa (c), Savio Kabugo, Godfrey Walusimbi, Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito, Aucho Khalid, Tonny Mawejje, Yunus Ssentamu, Geoffrey Massa and William Luwagga Kizito.