Can Uganda Cranes Tame Togo's Sparrow Hawks? Top story

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Today, the biggest question among Ugandans is to see if the home side can tame the Sparrow Hawks this time round. It's also a case of a star studded side led by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham, England) against a very determined Cranes side.

All roads lead to the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole this afternoon to witness the Cranes host Togo's Sparrow Hawks in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier.

The Cranes lead Group E with four points, and another victory today will see them move closer to qualification for the continent's biggest football showpiece that has eluded them since 1978.

But, the Cranes have had a bad history against West African teams and Togo in particular over the years.

Today, the biggest question among Ugandans is to see if the home side can tame the Sparrow Hawks this time round.  It's also a case of a star studded side led by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham, England) against a very determined Cranes side.

Head Coach Milutin ‘Micho' Sredojevic told URN in an exclusive interview on Friday evening that he is happy with the focus, dedication and hard work of the players going into this game and expects a very good result.

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Micho said although Togo's goalkeeper Kossi Agassa who features in France is one of the best goalkeepers in Africa, he is optimistic his players will find the way round to get the balls past him.

But the Sparrow Hawks skipper in an interview with URN equally showed determination saying they are in Uganda for a serious mission that they must achieve.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City striker, who scored a goal in their recent 3-2 loss to Ghana said the game against Uganda is one they must win if they are to have any hopes of qualification for 2015 Afcon.

Togo has lost their two games to Guinea 2-1 and 3-2 to Ghana, while Uganda drew 1-1 away to Ghana and stopped Guinea 2-0 in Kampala.

University of Pretoria striker Geoffrey Massa who leads the scoring charts for the 2015 Afcon qualifiers with four goals said he is hungry to score more goals that will take Uganda to the Afcon finals next year. Massa said they need to work as a team and give the Togo side no room to hold the ball.

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While Togo has featured in several Afcon events and also at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, Uganda last qualified for Afcon in 1978.