Going into this weekend’s Nations Cup qualifier away to Ghana, Uganda takes a poor track record and it will take a tremendous effort for The Cranes to return home with their heads high, writes John Vianney Nsimbe.
Going back in history, Uganda hasn’t enjoyed the best of outings against West African opposition especially away from home. Although Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevich isn’t one to flinch under such challenges, recent encounters show that Saturday’s clash in Kumasi carries extra significance.
Firstly, Ghana is one nation with which Uganda has had some monumental encounters in the past. The 1978 Nations Cup final, which Ghana won 2-0, tops them all. On paper, Ghana’s Black Stars are favourites following their impressive display at the 2014 World Cup, in which they matched eventual champions Germany.
Boasting established stars such as Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew and Kwadwo Asamoah among others, there is no room for error for The Cranes, who will be hoping to repeat the feat of June 2003 when they held Ghana 1-1 in Accra in a Nations Cup qualifier. Uganda had earlier defeated the Ghanaians 1-0 at Namboole.
The two teams met again in a 2006 World Cup qualifier, which Ghana won 2-0 in Kumasi and from that game, Ghana qualified for its first World Cup. Since then, Ghana and Uganda haven’t met in a competitive game, save for the friendly match in March 2009, which Cranes lost 1-2.
Therefore, much as the cards are stacked against Uganda in this encounter, especially in regard to Ghana’s recent displays against top teams, Uganda cannot afford to lose, as it will leave The Cranes with a tall order for the rest of the campaign.
2015 Nations cup qualifier
Saturday @6:45pm: Ghana v Uganda, Live on SS4
Source : The Observer