On October 8, 2011, Kenya’s Harambee Stars denied Uganda Cranes a chance to play at the AFCON finals for the first time since 1978.In a game Uganda needed to win to top a group that had Kenya, Guinea Bissau and Angola, they were held to a barren stalemate by the neighbours.

Five years later, the Cranes are in a similar situation but this time round host Comoros and a win will see the 1978 losing finalist book a slot in Gabon 2017.

In preparation for arguably the biggest game in the history of Ugandan football, the Cranes drew goalless with the Harambee Stars and Tottenham Hotspurs’ midfielder Victor Wanyama promised total support to the side.

“It’s something good,” he said. “We need to learn from them. Hopefully, they will make it, make East Africa proud and we can support them,” he added.

Describing the Cranes, Wanyama said they are good side with many quality players who deserve to play at the biggest tournament in Africa.

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