FUFA's Mulindwa Drums Up Support for Uganda-Zambia Clash

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FUFA President Lawrence Mulindwa has started drumming up support for the Uganda Cranes ahead of the clash with Zambia next weekend.

FUFA President Lawrence Mulindwa has started drumming up support for the Uganda Cranes ahead of the clash with Zambia next weekend.
 
Mulindwa, who spoke to URN on Thursday night, calls upon Ugandans to travel in big numbers to support the Cranes in their 2013 Nations Cup qualifier tie game against the Chipolopolo on September 8, at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, Zambia.

The Cranes will be away to the African Champions at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Mulindwa says that since this is a chance for Uganda to get back to the Africa Cup of Nations, fans should try to make the trip in big numbers to cheer the Cranes against the 2012 African Champions.

The FUFA boss said he was very happy that finally a new constitution which is in-line with the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) had come in place last weekend at the Extra Ordinary Assembly. He noted that the new document will herald a new era and changes in the Ugandan football.

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The Cranes, who drew 0-0 away to Botswana last Sunday, embarked on serious training on Friday at Namboole Stadium ahead of the Zambia game. In the squad named on Thursday, key strikers Geoffrey Massa and Brian Umony are missing due to injury.
 
But Mulindwa hopes the team would build on the away performance which has been improving over time to get a result in Zambia. In the last five away games played this year in all competitions, Uganda beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0, drew with Angola 1-1 and lost to Egypt 1-2. The Cranes also drew with South Sudan 2-2 before securing a 1-1 draw against Botswana.

After ejecting Congo Brazzaville 5-3 in the first round, Uganda Cranes are determined to beat the African champions and make it to the Nations Cup that has eluded them since 1978.
 
Mulindwa drew comparisons with the just ended 2012 Olympics where Stephen Kiprotich won Uganda’s first gold medal in 40 years, saying the Cranes can also qualify for the Nations Cup after 34 years.

Some of the foreign-based players invited for the Zambia encounter include Dennis Onyango, Abel Dhaira, Andrew Mwesigwa, Henry Kalungi, Isaac Isinde, Hassan Wasswa, and Joseph Ocaya. Others are Mike Sserumaga, Johnson Bagoole, Dan Wagaluka, Moses Oloya, Tony Mawejje, Hamis Kiiza and Emmanuel Okwi.