Onyango: Uganda can cause an upset in AFCON
Uganda international goalkeeper Denis Onyango believes his side can cause an upset against Egypt and Ghana in the 2017 AFCON in Gabon.
Onyango, who was an integral part of the Uganda’s side which managed to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup Of Nations, thinks that the Cranes can qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after winning four points in their first two matches.
“When we started out we had a vision and our vision was to win our three home games, but the fight that we put up against Ghana gave us hope and we knew that we could come up with the results,” Onyango told FIFA.com.
“Every team wants to qualify for Russia, but we have to be realistic. It is a dream, but then some dreams become reality.”
The Cranes have qualified for the Africa Cup Of Nations for the first time since 1978 and were drawn alongside Egypt and Ghana – their opponents in Group E of 2018 World Cup qualifying – as well as Mali in group D.
“Even though I think we are regarded as the whipping boys of the group, I think we can surprise the other teams. Our fans accept that we have not been there for a long time, so they are not expecting any miracles from us, but we want to escape the group phase,” the 31-year-old added.
“It will also be very good for us to play against Egypt ahead of the World Cup qualifiers in March. After drawing in Ghana, we believe in ourselves. If we did not believe in ourselves, we would not even go to the Nations Cup.
“We are, of course, aware that the winners of the Nations Cup qualify for the Confederations Cup. And why should we not dream about that too?,” Onyango concluded.
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