Uganda Cranes head coach Bobby Williamson has said despite the 1-0 loss to African Champions Zambia in the first leg of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier last weekend, his team still has a great chance of making it to the continentâ€™s biggest football showpiece after 34 years.
Zambia’s Captain Christopher Katongo, who plies his trade in China, gave the hosts the solitary goal in the 20th minute after tapping in a long throw in from Davies Nkausu after the Cranes defence was caught off guard.
But Williamson thinks that although the Chipolopolo of Zambia is not the kind of team to underrate, the Cranes chances are good because the goal margin was kept low at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
The Scottish born coach observed that though the Zambians managed to score, the Cranes held the ball for longer spells in the second half. He also believes that Uganda will be boasted by the home ground advantage in October.
Asked whether the presence of strikers Geoffrey Massa and Brian Umony who missed the first leg because of injury would help the team in the second leg, Williamson said although his team is not a one man team, the availability of all players will be good news.
The coach added that they will however start early preparations and also try to see that professional players get to Uganda early enough. Williamson said that during the return leg, the team would have to take all the chances they can get. Uganda Cranes need a 2-0 win to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations to take place in South Africa.
In the other game played between two teams from the East and Central African region, Sudan got close to making it back to the Africa Cup of Nations after a 5-3 victory over Ethiopia in Khartoum.