Nation Holds Breath as Cranes Brace for Historic Match

Cranes in a training session in Morrocco this week

The International Criminal Court (ICC) Appeals Chamber has Tuesday issued an order scheduling an open court session on 1 December 2014 to deliver the judgment on the appeals against Trial Chamber I’s verdict and sentencing decision in the case Congo warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo.

On 14 March 2012, cure Mr Lubanga Dyilo was convicted of committing, cost as co-perpetrator, visit war crimes consisting of enlisting and conscripting children under the age of 15 years into the Force patriotique pour la libération du Congo [Patriotic Force for the Liberation of Congo] (FPLC) and using them to participate actively in hostilities in the context of an armed conflict not of an international character from 1 September 2002 to 13 August 2003 (punishable under article 8(2)(e)(vii) of the Rome Statute).

The verdict was rendered by Trial Chamber I, composed of Judge Adrian Fulford (United Kingdom), as Presiding Judge, Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito (Costa Rica) and Judge René Blattmann (Bolivia).

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On 10 July 2012, Trial Chamber I sentenced Thomas Lubanga Dyilo to a total period of 14 years of imprisonment.

The time he spent in the ICC’s custody will be deducted from this total sentence. He is detained, for the time being, at the Detention Centre in The Hague.
Uganda Cranes skipper Andy Mwesigwa has revealed the national football team players are ready to die a little for the country when they face Guinea on Wednesday evening in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier.

Mwesigwa told at the Hotel Casablanca Le Lido Thalasso & Spa that the whole team is eager to play their hearts out and get a good result to see Uganda qualify for Afcon.

“We know the Guinea team will be more on pressure because we beat them 2-0 in Kampala, buy information pills ” added the skipper.

He called upon Ugandans to keep their fingers crossed and pray for the team to qualify because it has been a long wait since 1978 since Uganda last qualified.

The Cranes are second in Group E with seven points, adiposity while Guinea has the same number of points, but with an inferior goal difference.

In-case of a draw Uganda will qualify for the 2015 Afcon on a better goal difference and head to head.

Ghana who took part in the 2014 World Cup, lead the Group with eight points and will need to win against Emmanuel Adebayor’s Togo in the last Group game on Wednesday.

After their humiliating 4-1 loss to Guinea last weekend in Lome, the Sparrow Hawks have promised to come back strongly against the Black Stars.

President Museveni on Tuesday made a courtesy phone call to the Cranes camp an talked to head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, cautioning against panic.

The President who is an active sportsman, made the call Tuesday morning and talked for close to ten minutes with the Serbian, FUFA announced.

Micho revealed to that the President asked him to pass on a message to the players about the game.

President Museveni was recently at Namboole stadium during the launch of the ‘Protect the Goal’ Campaign.

Museveni says Uganda Cranes must remain confident if they are to win today's match

Museveni says Uganda Cranes must remain confident if they are to win today’s match

On the same day he watched Cranes score one of the goals from a set piece as Uganda beat Ethiopia 3-0. He has advised Cranes players to position well during corner kicks.

“Don’t panic. Don’t play under any pressure. Ugandans are proud of you.  Qualify and be part of history,” said Museveni in a message that should be passed on to the players.

President Museveni also passed on some advice to Micho by telling him that he watched the two games for Uganda vs Ethiopia (live at Namboole) and the other against Ghana (on TV) but he had one pint to note.

“Our boys need to position well during corner kicks because in the games against Ethiopia and Ghana, we got two goals from such set pieces,” he advised.

The President told the coach that he will be following the proceedings from Morocco tomorrow when the Cranes take on Guinea at 7pm for the African Cup of Nations.

Mawejje optimistic 

Meanwhile, star Tony Mawejje has said the team must give their best against Guinea tonight.

The midfielder on Tuesday that this is the time they must play their hearts out because they must qualify.

The Cranes are second on seven points, while Ghana lead Group E with eight points. Guinea have the same number of points, but with an inferior goal difference and head to head matching against the Cranes.

“I have the feeling that this is our time to qualify,” added the Iceland based professional who scored the goal in the Cranes 1-1 draw away to Ghana in the opening game of the Group in Kumasi.

Uganda is the only nation in the Council for East and central African Football Associations (CECAFA) region with a chance to make it to next year’s event to take place in Equatorial Guinea.



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