Cranes Ready to Walk Past Guinea in Do-or-Die Tie

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Experienced players who have donned the national jersey for years; Geoffrey Massa, goalkeeper Denis Onyango, Tony Mawejje and skipper Andrew Mwesigwa are expected to play a big part to see that Ugandan breaks the Afcon qualification jinx. Uganda last qualified for the tournament in 1978.

Ugandans are hoping that today will become the historical day when the national team the Cranes sails past the elephants of Guinea to join the crème of African football.

It's a winner takes all situation in today's Group E tie, although the Cranes can afford a draw to qualify for the 2015 AFCON tournament to take place in Equatorial Guinea.

Experienced players who have donned the national jersey for years; Geoffrey Massa, goalkeeper Denis Onyango, Tony Mawejje and skipper Andrew Mwesigwa are expected to play a big part to see that Ugandan breaks the Afcon qualification jinx. Uganda last qualified for the tournament in 1978.

Head Coach Milutin ‘Micho' Sredojevic has called on all Ugandans to keep their fingers crossed, but added that ‘his boys' are ready for the task.

The Serbian born coach who also helped Uganda qualify for the 2014 Africa Nations Championships said after failing to make it to the Afcon for 37 years now, he thinks the team is ready to prove a point.

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Defender Savio Kabugo, who scored the lone goal that sunk the black stars of Ghana last weekend in Namboole, said he is energized and determined to score more goals that will build Uganda's quest to be part of AFCON 2015.

The Syli Nationale come to this game well motivated after a 4-1 thrashing of Togo in Lome last weekend.

Although the coach Michel Dussuyer called up SC Bastia striker François Kamano for the game, the youngster failed to show-up. Seydouba Soumah who netted a brace and Idrissa Sylla who scored one against Togo together with skipper Ibrahima Traore are expected to play a key role for Guinea.

Right-back Abdoulaye Cissé is suspended against Uganda for accumulation of bookings.