As long as The Cranes avoid defeat against Guinea on Wednesday, Uganda will be through to the 2015 Nations Cup regardless of the outcome of the Ghana-Togo game, writes John Vianney Nsimbe.
The Uganda Cranes are back from the dead, courtesy of Savio Kabugo’s header on ten minutes in the 1-0 win over Ghana on Saturday. Although the Black Stars remain top of the log, Cranes have seven points and sit in second place ahead of Guinea on goal-difference with one game to go.
Therefore, Uganda’s clash against Guinea on Wednesday night will be a direct winner-takes-all contest, as the two nations vie for a berth at the championship, which will be held in January in Equatorial Guinea. Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic will be expecting grit and determination from his players against a technically-gifted Guinea side.
“All we have to do is win against Guinea. It won’t be easy, just like was the case against Ghana. But if we play with heart and the fact that this game can change the fortunes and destiny of these players’ careers, then we’ll succeed,” Micho spoke like a commander rallying his troops on, as they plan to capture state power.
Therefore, regardless of what happens in the Ghana-Togo game on Wednesday too, Cranes just need a draw against Guinea. That will take them to eight points, as it will, the Guineans. But that will mean that Guinea remains below The Cranes. If Ghana wins, they will go to eleven points and maintain their first place, leaving Cranes in second place, provided the game between Uganda and Guinea ends in a draw.
And if by any chance Togo beats Ghana, Emmanuel Adebayor and company will go to nine points and be top of the log. Thereafter will emerge the complications for Ghana. Although the group standings now are determined by goal-difference, according to Caf rules for qualification, after all games are played, teams that are tied on points, will be separated by head-to-head.
And because Uganda has a better head-to-head over Ghana, being equal on eight points would see Cranes leap-frog the Black Stars into second place on the final table reading. Ghana would drop to third and Guinea to fourth because the former has a better head-to-head over the latter.
In a nutshell, however, Cranes have the calling card to their destiny. But to make it count, captain Andy Mwesigwa said, they have to be valiant against Guinea. Only then, will this rise-from-the-dead talk be real and not a smoke-screen.
Source : The Observer