History is nothing between Cranes and Black Stars tonight -Micho

Uganda and Kampala in particular is geared up to watch the Uganda Cranes as they team faces Ghana Black Stars in the 2017 TOTAL Africa Cup of Nations final at 7:00pm tonight.

Uganda has returned to the games for the first time in 39years and will play Ghana Black Stars –the team they played in the 1978 finals in Accra.

Besides 1978, Uganda and Ghana have met several times with the latter winning once in the four and drawing the other of the clashes.

But the Uganda Cranes team is not going to be bogged down by history and here is what head coach Micho Sredejovic and some players have said.

 “History will not play for Ghana and the past three matches will not count. We have no experience at AFCON finals but we have planned for the tournament,” Sredejovic confidently said.

Unless or otherwise, here is the Uganda Cranes probable starting lineup:

Denis Onyango (keeper), Iguma Denis, Joseph Ochaya, Wasswa Hassan, Isaac Isinde, Baba Kizito, Tonny Mawejje, Mike Azira, William Luwagga Kizito, Miya Farouk and Massa Geoffrey (Capt).

Uganda Cranes faces neighbours Tanzania in AFCON 2019 qualifier

The Uganda Cranes have been pooled together with Cape Verde, Tanzania and Lesotho in Group L of the 2019 AFCON qualifier.

The winners of the 3 matches will qualify to the Groups Stage and will automatically go the positions A4.

The qualifiers are expected to kickoff in March 2019. There will be 12 Groups of 4 teams (Group A to Group L).

Group A: Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Sao Tome or Madagascar

Group B: Cameroon, Morocco, Malawi, Comoros or Mauritius

Group C: Mali, Gabon, Burundi, Djibouti or South Sudan

Group D: Algeria, Togo, Benin, Gambia

Group E: Nigeria, South Africa, Seychelles

Group F: Ghana, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Kenya

Group G: DR Congo, Congo, Zimbabwe, Liberia

Group H: Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea, Central Africa Republic, Rwanda

Group I: Burkina Faso, Angola, Botswana, Mauritania

Group J: Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, Swaziland

Group K: Zambia, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Namibia

Group L: Cape Verde, Uganda, Tanzania, Lesotho

You can make Uganda proud in Gabon 2017 

National Council of Sports (NCS) wishes to join the rest of the country to sincerely wish the Uganda Cranes the best in the 2017 Africa of Nations Cup finals that kicks off today in Gabon.

We wish to salute the Uganda Cranes for their historical achievement to qualify for the 2017 AFCON after 38 years jinx.

Just like you (the Uganda Cranes) have done, NCS is also glad to note that targets we set out to accomplish in 2016 have all been achieved.

On the other hand, I wish to extend our appreciation to the NRM Government led by His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, First Lady and Hon. Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni and the Hon. Minister of state (Sports) Charles Bakkabulindi for the prudent leadership which enabled us to attain these incredible achievements.

I wish to applaud the players who have made it on to the final list of the Uganda Cranes list of 2017 Africa Nations Cup finals to Gabon.

I strongly believe that the tournament will not only provide the requisite exposure but also open up more opportunities for Uganda Cranes players to secure professional careers.

The landmark of Uganda Cranes’ qualification should act as an inspiration for upcoming football players in the country.

NCS cannot forget to appreciate partners/sponsors, who have supported the Uganda Cranes all through and those who have just come on board. I salute you all.

In a bid to build on NCS achievements during the year 2017, we also intend to vigorously fast track the implementation of the five year NCS Strategic Plan 2016/2021.

As NCS, we strongly believe that the Strategic Plan will help to enhance our performance by focusing on critical sports programmes that should be implemented in the short, medium and long term to leapfrog the sports sub-sector to the next level.

Furthermore, I wish to note that NCS is currently pushing for the fast tracking of the Physical Activity and Sports Bill (PAS Bill), and this should help to streamline the legal framework that is meant to effectively govern the sports sub-sector.

In order to create more synergy in different sports disciplines, NCS wishes to encourage more corporate companies in the country to pick a sports discipline and help to promote/support it. We appreciate sponsors who are already there and urge them to continue supporting sports in Uganda.

With effect from 2017, we plan to start benchmarking best management practices and compliant National Sports Associations/Federations that produce positive results shall be appropriately rewarded.

Finally, NCS wishes the Uganda Cranes successful competition at the 2017 Africa Nations Cup.

Uganda Cranes Tulumbe


Nicholas Muramagi

Uganda goes down to Cote D'voire, but set for AFCON

Uganda Cranes completed pre-AFCON build up campaign on a low note on Wednesday.

The team went down to reigning Champions of Africa Cote D’voire 3-0 Ivory Coas at the New York University stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Uganda played three warm up games against Slovenia (won 1-0), Slovakia (won 3-1) and also overcame a local club Masfoot 4-1 in the United Arab Emirates.

Despite the result, Uganda looks forward to the AFCON 2017 trip to Gabon on Thursday before the tournament official kick off and the ceremony slated for Saturday.


In Gabon, Uganda will be based in the coastal city of Port Gentil where they will play Egypt, Ghana and Mali in Group D.

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