Soccer fans are predicting victory for the Uganda National Team, the Cranes. Many are optimistic about a repeat of last year, when Niger suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Uganda Cranes in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier game played in September last year. The Cranes take on Niger at Nambole Stadium this evening in the first leg of the Africa Cup and World Cup qualifier games. The Cranes, have been drawn to play in Group 3 with 2010 African Nations Cup hosts Angola, Benin and Niger. The game has drawn a lot of excitement among Ugandan soccer fans. The mood at Nambole stadium is very zealous with most fans predicting a thorough thumping of the Niger side. Some fans gathered at Nambole Stadium as early as 7:00am, and so did the dealers in national flags, caps and whistles. Stephen Serunkuma, an ICT specialist at Hormisdalen Primary School in Kamwokya, was one of the fans that arrived at the Stadium as early as 11 am this morning. Serunkuma says he came in early to beat the traffic jam and to book his favorite seat in the stadium where he can follow the match. //Cue in: iWe have 18 professionals# Cue out: #winning the game.i// Patrick Sande, is confident that the Uganda Cranes will emerge victorious with a 3-0 win because of the quality of players lined up for the game. All of Uganda's professionals have been in residential camp for a week preparing for the much anticipated game. Like Sande and Serunkuma, Michael Okello a student at Makerere University is also predicting a win for the Cranes. //Cue in: iI have come to# Cue out: #have to win.i// But skeptics are reluctant to give their predictions saying the National team has not had adequate preparation for the crucial game. They are also doubtful about the fitness of the Team Captain who joined the Cranes camp on Thursday this week. The Federation of Uganda Football Association FUFA has said that it is confident that the Uganda Cranes would deliver positive results. Rogers Mulindwa the FUFA publicist said the challenge was on the players to prove their prowess as professional players and make the Country proud by winning today's game.
Updated: 28 May, 12:2612:26