10 Reasons Why Uganda Kept Namboole Unbeaten Spree

advice geneva;”>For Uganda, healing Tonny Mawejje’s lone goal on Saturday left The Lone stars of Liberia to fail to break eight years record of Uganda being un beaten since again the lone goal of Ben McCarthy in 2005 in African/World Cup Qualifiers. But this didn’t come alone as there were other factors for the result;

The arrival of Bobby’s replacement

Former cranes coach Bobby Williamson did half way of this 2014 World cup qualifier, but since Fufa observed his immediate replacement in almost three weeks before Liberia game this had an impact on cranes win. Micho had time to organize his team before competitive game.

Impact of Libya friendly

One week to Liberia encounter, Uganda lost 3-0 to Libya away and this gave the new tactician where to begin as he told that ‘this showed me who is ready for national team call especially for this game’. It revealed him the rope-holes in the squad he had summoned for preparations.

Psychological advantage by Liberia

Liberia won the first encounter in Monrovia; they came to Kampala psychologically expecting to meet the team they faced before. They were forgetting new cranes coach and of course they were not the one to select the line-up to face.

Away friendly game for Liberia

Liberia prior to Cranes game they visited Iraq which they defeated 1-0 in its own backyard. They had to go for different approach for cranes game since game approach for Iraq and Uganda is totally different.

Decision in cranes team selection

While Bobby succeeding Laslo Szaba, again Sam Timbe was among the assistants but he couldn’t change the line-up Szaba was using but for Micho, decided to make some changes mainly in the backline though the backline at times was exposed but his decision was instrumental since they didn’t concede any goal.

Early goal by Mawejje

Uganda started the match in hungrier mode Tonny Mawejje scored the all-important goal on five minutes to send the Cranes to five points, one point off Angola and Liberia who all level with four points. Lone stars of Liberia realised it late that it was a wake-up call for them. If they had realised it, they would have scored a goal atleast because they were also better side.

Laffor’s day started late

Liberia’s dynamo and Captain Anthony Laffor began his day late in the second half. That is when he started to be active and tormented mainly Denis Guma who was in the right back. They would have scored a goal against Uganda if he had started well hence leaving Uganda in driving seat of the game with 1-0.

Match officials

The three referees from Chad did have a ‘good’ day favouring Uganda. If they were to officiate favourably Cranes was to have problems. Liberia coach was claiming even for denied penalties and this led him to say ‘referees make African football to be similar and that is why winning from away is had however good you may be’.

Liberia failure to use set pieces

Liberia got four good and clear set pieces in good positions in second half in addition to four corners they received but utilising them was a problem hence leaving them in goal blackout.

Namboole record

The last time the Cranes lost at Namboole was in 2005 to South Africa (0-1). It was record vs inspiration since the visitors were accompanied by former players George Weah and Cranes players were behind their stadium record which they had to fight for.


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