The Star (Nairobi)

6 December 2012

Uganda Best?

Uganda Cranes coach Bobby Williamson has thrown down the gauntlet on the remaining nations in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup to take the title from them at their won backyard if they can.

Wlliamson, having seen his team beat Ethiopia 2-0, said the Cranes who have dominated the championships and have won it a record twelve times will be the team to beat at this year's tourney.

"With all due respect to the other countries in the tournament, we are the best team and have been for the last four years both in this competition and in other competitions," opined Williamson.

"I believe it will be a very hard for any team to take this cup from our grasp," he added. Geoffrey Kizito's third minute strike for his second goal of the campaign and a 60th minute goal form Robert Sentongo eased Cranes into the last four, where they will meet Tanzanian in a repeat of last year's semi final clash.

"My team has proved once again that they are a united front who can perform under pressure. We are yet to concede any goals and have scored as many as other teams. That shows that the players are working hard for each other," explained the Scot who has led the Cranes to three regional titles in the last four years in which he has been at the helm.

Tanzania who dispatched Rwanda in their quarter final will prove worthy opponents for the Cranes. Kim Poulsen men showed their true quality in their 2-0 win over the Amavubi and with Mrisho Ngasa and John Bocco firing on all cylinders.

Football enthusiasts should expect fireworks at the Nelson Mandela stadium in Namboole tonight. Meanwhile, Togo coach Didier Six has cast doubt on his future with the embattled side ahead of the African Nations Cup finals next month amid a growing crisis between his players and the TFF over pay.

The west African country's leading player, Emmanuel Adebayor, said this week he would boycott next month's tournament in South Africa because of a dispute with the Togolese Football Federation (TFF) over claims of unpaid money.

Six said in an interview with Radio France International that his position was becoming untenable because of the row.

"I'm held hostage by the situation and I have no other solution but to think about my future," said the former French international.

"This raises inevitable questions about a year spent putting a team together and then the entire edifice crumbling inside a very short time."

Six said he was now contacting other leading players in the squad to check on their commitment to the Jan. 19-Feb.10 tournament. Togo have been drawn in a difficult pool along with favourites Ivory Coast and past winners Algeria and Tunisia.

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