By Sandra Birungi
Uganda Cranes coach, Bobby Williamson was happy that Uganda was given the very best team to play with and has no doubt Uganda is ready for Zambia.
“Zambia is a proven team at this level with a coach who is a champion, too. I personally have respect for their FA president (Kalusha Bwalya), the coach (Herve Renard) and their players. What they achieved in winning the continental trophy was magnificent and everyone should recognize and respect them for being a footballing nation,” Coach Bobby said.
Bobby Williamson went on to elaborate saying, “For the Cranes, however, this is a challenge we will relish. In my opinion this is a great opportunity. In no way am I being disrespectful to Zambia. But for us to qualify this year, we need to beat the best team on this continent. Uganda is capable of ending the long wait and this will require a collective effort so that we pull in one direction. It’s important that we are playing our first leg away in Lusaka. I believe this is to our advantage no matter what happens from the first leg. What we need to keep in perspective is that this ‘race’ won’t be won or lost in Lusaka,” he said.
With this in mind, Uganda has to be ready for Zambia and not be too relaxed because they have ever beaten Zambia as it could easily be defeated. It is important to remember that Zambia is the reigning AFCON champion after its win against Ivory Coast last year.