Cranes Head Coach Bobby Williamson has hailed his side for being ‘determined on duty’, an effort that earned Uganda a vital point in the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers group opening fixture against Angola away in Luanda on Sunday.
“The boys were focused and showed determination on duty. The point did not come by chance but as a result of hard work and team spirit” said a Scot tactician. Simba Sports Club player (Tanzania) Emmanuel Okwi netted an equalizer in the dying minutes of the second half to throw the game into a 1-all draw.
Bobby however added, “It is not yet time to celebrate but keep working harder and correcting our mistakes”. Uganda hosts Senegal in the next encounter on Saturday in Mandela National Stadium-Namboole.
This was the 5th time Uganda and Angola were meeting since 2008 with Uganda losing no game at home (3-1, 3-0) and registering a second draw (0-0, 1-1) away in Luanda. Angola has only beaten Uganda once on September 4 last year when they won 2-0 at home.
Emmanuel Okwi becomes the first Cranes player to score a goal against Angola National side away in Luanda in the last 17 years. Uganda’s last goal had been scored by Robert Kizito in 1996. The Sunday result is a big boost for Uganda a head of their two back to back home games against Senegal (World Cup) and Congo (Afcon Qualifiers) on June 9th and 16th respectively.