4:12PM: Defender Savio Kabugo nets Uganda Cranes’ first goal in the ninth minute. What a campaign for him!
4:10PM: Ghana’s Andre Aye wins a corner and the Cranes narrowly survive. Desperate times.
4:08PM: Six minutes of play so far and its a packed midfield. Ghana being pushed to their back.
4:02PM: And we are off. Ghana’s pair of Majeed Waris and Christian Atsu get action underway.
3:59PM: Chief guest Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda inspects the guard of honour. The national anthems are done. And any time, Sudanese referee Mohammed El-Fadil will the get match underway.
3: 48 PM: About 12 minutes to kick-off and outside the stadium, its raining but slight drizzles in Namboole. But the cheers leaders have their job intact.
Meanwhile, Togo (6) hosts bottom side Guinea (4) in Lome at 6:30pm in the Group E tie.
The coaches and team substitutes are out.
3: 41PM: All teams vacate the pitch for the final pep talk in the dressing rooms. Uganda’s last fixture here was a 1-0 to Togo, their home defeat in 10 years.
DOWN THE MEMORY LANE: When Uganda lost to South Africa 1-0 here at Namboole in the 2006 World Cup Qualifier, Uganda responded with a 1-0 win against Cape Verde in their next fixture.
The dark cloud hovering Namboole is yet to pave way for any sun rays and as Jose Chamelone’s Wale Wale plays, the rains force fans to vacate the lower terraces for the upper most stands.
3: 40 PM: GHANA X1: Razak Braimah (GK), Harrison Afful, Baba Rahman, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Mohammed Rabiu, Christian Atsu, Afriye Acquah, Majeed Waris, Agyemang Badu, Andre Ayew (Captain)
COACH: Maxwell Konadu
3:34 PM: There are six changes from the Black Stars’ line-up that beat Guinea last month.
3: 19 PM Its match day 5 in the Group E of the 2015 Afcon Qualifier as Uganda Cranes host Ghana’s Black Stars.
A rare dark cloud takes toll above in the sky but the last time it rained on a match day, Uganda beat Guinea 2-0 courtesy of a Geoffrey Massa brace.
With less than an hour to kick-off, numbers are slowly creeping into the terraces for the must-win clash if Uganda is to earn a ticket to Equatoria Guinea.
The Ghana custodians are warming up a swift wind blows through the budding crowd. The West Africans lead Group E with 8 points while Uganda is third behind Togo (6) with four points.
The Vuvuzelas are out as the Cranes match onto the pitch. Ghana, meanwhile, are warm up as well. Just about 40 minutes to kick-off
And the line-ups are out. UGANDA X1: Denis Onyango(GK), Isaac Isinde, Brian Majwega, Andy Mwesigwa, Savio Kabugo, Tonny Mawejje, Mike Serumaga, Farouk Miya, Kizito Luwaga, Geoffrey Massa, Yunus Sentamu
Coach: Micho Sredojevic
SOURCE: Daily Monitor