Ugandans savour Congo-Brazzaville winBy ANDREW MWANGUHYA | Monday, June 18 2012 at 14:38
When Emmanuel Okwi waltzed past his last man to beat Congo Brazzaville goalkeeper Barel Mouko for a 4-0 mauling of the Red Devils, Bobby Williamson’s celebration told it all.
The Scot turned to his bench in full flight and delight, hugged everyone near him, his blue shirt under a black suit becoming more visible to even a more ecstatic 30,000-plus crowd at Namboole.
Facing arguably his toughest month of a four-year relationship with the Cranes, Bobby - together with his boys - had triumphed in the best possible way to release all the pressure that occupied their shoulders, especially after the failed 2012 Afcon campaign.
A trip to Angola and playing host to 2002 World Cup quarterfinalists, Senegal - on the back of two defeats to Congo Brazzaville and Egypt (friendly) – was a litmus test for a side that lost three experienced players heading into the return leg on Saturday.
That they picked two points from the World Cup qualifying games against Angola and Senegal set them up psychologically for the game against Congo, in which they had to overturn a 3-1 deficit to advance to the final round of the 2013 Nations Cup qualifiers.
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On the final whistle, they had passed the test, skipper Andy Mwesigwa, Godfrey Walusimbi, Geoffrey Massa and Okwi on the score sheet. “Emma and Geoffrey both scored and Brian earned us the penalty. I could not have asked for better performance,” Bobby said.
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