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Uganda coach fires patriotism warning to Black Stars ahead of AFCON clash

Published on: 05 August 2014
Ghana will play Uganda in the qualifiers for the 2014 AFCON

Uganda coach Micho has fired a warning to Ghana that the patriotism of his players will help them edge past the Black Stars in the qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Cranes secured their place in the Group of Death of the qualifiers for the tournament in Morocco over the weekend after defeating Mauritania in the preliminary stage of the qualifiers.

Robert Ssentongo’s injury time winner for a 3-0 aggregate victory over Mauritania on Sunday not only marked the Cranes first away win in three years; it emphatically confirmed Uganda’s trip to Ghana as their first 2015 Nations Cup qualification assignment.

Having gone into the game in Nouakchott needing just to avoid defeat to progress to Group E, where four-time African champions Ghana, Togo and Guinea await.


Now the Cranes go into the group stage in September hoping to end a 36-year absence from the Nations Cup finals. But they also know the opposition there is not Mauritania.

“It is the group of death but playable and also passable at least as one of two best,” Micho told Daily Monitor.

“If you ask me how to achieve that, I need to tell you I count on players’ undoubted love to the country and ambitions to change history of Uganda, our supporters and you media to provide the environment of belief that we can do it.”

“We in technical team together with leadership of Fufa and sponsors must get a precise programme in detail so that we know what we are doing at any given moment”.

“But if we are to succeed we need government support in the same way governments in Ghana, Togo and Guinea do.”

Uganda will open their campaign in Ghana on 10 September before the Black Stars go on to face Togo in Lome four days later.

The last time Uganda registered an away win was on March 26, 2011; then a David Obua goal confirming a 1-0 win in Guinea Bissau.

The difference, however, is that 2011 was in the group stage proper.

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  • Paul says:
    August 05, 2014 10:04 pm
    @selfpoop....get your geography right Uganda is in East Africa not Southern.
  • Mumbi says:
    August 05, 2014 08:26 am
    Yes Uganda will beat the hell out of Ghana. Ghana is highly disorganised by now after their disasterous WC while Uganda is on the rise.
  • PITO says:
    August 05, 2014 09:26 am
    Tanko is correct a 100%. Kwasi Appiah and all those who are pushing for the exclusion of sulley and other top senior players from the team have bad soccer intelligence and have forgotten the immense solid-ness these players bring to our team. We have forgotten all too soon how Akwasi Appiah went to Zambia with young players like Atsu, Jordan and Adiyiah and others during the world cup qualifiers and even one shot on target was a MAJOR problem! You think our young players can override Guinea, Togo and Uganda?? You must be joking! Without sulley,Ayew, Essien or Kevin on the field? We couldn't even beat Guinea In Afcon 2013 that was when Essien, Ayew, Kevin and Sulley were absent. WHAT MAKES YOU PEOPLE THINK IT WILL BE ANY DIFFERENT NOW? AGAIN WITHOUT OUR TOP GUNS? HUH? Misunderstandings are meant to be resolved, A.A should bury the hatchet with Essien, Kevin and sulley ASAP! Afterall We are ALL Ghanaians and arguments are meant to be resolved. In my opinion They need A.A to be a big guy and forgive them same way A.A needs them to form a concentrated unbeatable team. RASTA MAN = ONE LOVE.
  • Selfmade says:
    August 05, 2014 10:12 pm
    Sorry I got my geography wrong,Uganda is in East Africa not Southern .If we pull through these qualifiers I cross my fingers we don't meet the likes of Burkina Faso,Mali and Zambia .
  • nana says:
    August 05, 2014 10:23 am
    Ghana need david accam!!!
  • shine says:
    August 05, 2014 11:47 am
    I dont believed that Uganda can beat Ghana,even if we organized street footballers to face Uganda. Ghana can still beat them 1000 goals to zero. For me Uganda need to build a team for hundreds of years to come but now no way. Despite Ghana failed at the World doesn't meant any team can beat Ghana. Black stars are still the best in Africa.Bet me Ghana shall score UGANDA 7 goals to zero in our home soil. this is my mail address you can write to me after that match is over. [email protected]
  • chicogh says:
    August 05, 2014 12:22 pm
    Well said!!!
  • aa says:
    August 05, 2014 12:42 pm
    With the coach we have. It is possible Uganda can beat Ghana
  • naki says:
    August 05, 2014 01:06 pm
    not even our current unde20 side
  • selfmade says:
    August 05, 2014 01:51 pm
    Ugandans have started making the similar mistakes like all south African teams does when they are paired in the same group as Ghana! They all concentrate their energies on Ghana alone forgetting about the other group opponents and at the end of the day, they get whitewashed and beaten by the other group opponents!! Anybody remember Zambia in 2014 WC qualifiers? All their aim and aspirations was to beat Ghana forgetting about Sudan and Lesotho and it was these two teams that finally caused their downfall!! Sudan beat them mercilessly in Khartoum and drew with them at home in Ndola! Lesotho also drew with them in Sotho! Uganda is doing the same thing and I know that all their preparations ll be gear towards Ghana and at the end of the day, they wouldn't only fail to qualify for the afcon, Togo and guinea ll take advantage to beat them mercilessly!! Malawi, Lesotho, Zambia etc are always in awe of Ghana and they lose their focus at the end of the day! Instead of this coach, focusing on Ghana alone, he should be wary of guinea and Togo because this is a straight fight between Togo, guinea and Uganda to determine who join Ghana to progress!! Ghana has a better head to head than all of them!
  • Chukar says:
    August 05, 2014 05:53 pm
    I am afraid Ghana will finish the group with just a single point in these qualifiers...mark my words!