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VIDEO: Ivory Coast annihilate Ghana opponents Uganda in pre-AFCON friendly

Published on: 11 January 2017

Uganda have been handed a massive reality check ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after being whipped 3-0 by champions Ivory Coast in a build-up match Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha scored his first goal for his country of birth as the Cranes get a huge wake-up call ahead of the start of the tournament on Saturday in Gabon.

Jonathan Kodhia and Serge Aurier completed the rout.

It is Uganda Cranes final game before they fly to Gabon for the Nations Cup final.

The East Africans are housed in group D where they will face old foes Ghana, Mali and Egypt.


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  • john akpa says:
    January 11, 2017 04:12 pm
    Our draw with Uganda at home is starting to look bad. Egypt could beat them at home especially if Uganda are without their first choice goalkeeper. We have to win all our qualifiers to stand a chance of going to the WC.
  • anokwale says:
    January 11, 2017 05:52 pm
    @akpa: You are correct but I have a feeling Uganda tried to play wide open football with Ivory Coast and were taught a lesson. They will surely go back to their compact defensive style after this beating. I suspect they will be much tougher when the tournament starts.
  • Matovu says:
    January 11, 2017 07:18 pm
    I like. Micho Uganda's Coach is wise. At times he deliberately makes his team loose as a strategy to deceive d oponents of his Team's strength. This is seen in previous encounters wen he arranges friendlies a week to d major match, have his team loose then get d result in d major match. Againt Ivory Coast, d real Uganda side was d one that played 1st half which ended goaless. He later made substitutions that led to Ivory Coast's 3 goals so as to blackmail d Ghanaians & d Afcon teams. Come 17th Jan. Ghana wil b mauled by d Cranes of Uganda
  • IBRAHIM says:
    January 11, 2017 08:36 pm
    Friends, let me tell you something very clear and simple ; Uganda is not coming to this AFCON for a defensive game resulting in goaless draw matches even if they will keep defending surely they shall crack with deliberate errors to be committed for their opponents benefiting on these errors and scoring easy and simple goals. On the other hand, if they open up for goals, they shall be whipped mercilessly SO BELIEVE ME UGANDA HAS NO SAY IN THIS AFCON !
  • Alex from Uganda says:
    January 12, 2017 05:23 am
    Ghanaian counterparts I hope you aren't taken up by this result because in a real game, the Uganda I know would never open up like that for a beating. Ivory coast exploited the space between our leftback (Ochaya) and the non existent defensive midfield and Zaha ripped us up terribly, but make no mistake, against Ghana on 18th we are going back to our solid 3-man midfield, 2 fast wingers and a lone striker and as you know, Ghana always find it so hard to break us down, even though they are a much better team.