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Determined Cranes lands safely in Luanda

Fabian Kizito

The Cranes team touched Angola at 10:15am (about 12:15 local time) with all the players and officials aboard the Kenya Airways reportedly in good health.

Leader of delegation Sam Mpima was at the airport to receive them. The team was later driven to Mana-Lu Hotel where they were officially booked.

This is the third time the Cranes team is playing Angola in Luanda since 2008. Four of the players who include Captain Andrew Mwesigwa, Mike Sserumaga, Dan Wagaluka and Masaba Simeon have played against the hosts in all matches.

The same players plus Johnson Bagoole were however part of the team that forced a crucial goalless draw in Luanda on 23rd June 2008 during the World Cup Qualifiers match. Martin Kayongo Mutumba and Fabian Derrick Kizito stepped their first feet on the Angolan soil ready to write history.

In total, the two nations have met four times in the last four years with Uganda wining twice at home and drawing once away. This puts Uganda in an advantaged position with 7 points and 6 goals from the four matches so far played against the hosts.  On 14th June 2008, the determined Cranes beat Angola 3-1 in Namboole before another humiliating 3-0 defeat on the same ground on 4th September 2010.

The biggest win Angola has ever registered over Uganda within this period was a 2-0 win on 4th September 2011. Angola trails in this group of two nations with 4 points and only 3 goals from the four matches so far played. Kickoff is 4:00pm (6: pm Ugandan local time) on Sunday.  Who takes the day is all what we wait to see, in our favour!  

Fabian Kizito is in Angola the first time
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