Ndarushinze from Kyebando asks; "Has the Uganda
Cranes ever got a result they need in a qualifier after coming
from behind at home?"
There are no proper records in the past but aside from
the CECAFA Championship, records show The Cranes have never
overturned an away result in the modern era of football.
The closest such a thing happened was in October 1977 during
the last knockout qualifier for the 1978 Nations Cup.
The Cranes had forced a goalless draw away in the first
leg against Ethiopia and needed to win to be certain of
a ticket to Ghana.
In the second leg played at Nakivubo, defender Eddie Semwanga
converted a penalty to open the scores but the Ethiopians
equalised soon. The Cranes scored a crucial second through
Jimmy Kirunda scrambled goal at the death to qualify.
We all know 'Mister' Jaberi Bidandi Ssali for his elegancy
and for being a calm person.
After retiring as Cranes manager in 1980s, he assumed the
office of KCC FC treasurer and was thus he was responsible
for supervising the casual workers from selling tickets
to manning gates.
On one such day while balancing books with the Nakivubo
stadium management, it happened that one receipt book was
missing. Bidandi pinned down the management but they denied
having seen. Out of nowhere, a one Asaph, an accounts clerk,
said he had seen Bidandi pocketing the receipt book in his
This took everyone by surprise, for Asaph to have the guts
of pinning Bidandi and yet he was responsible for printing
the tickets at his SAPOBA Books Press.
Smiling as if he hadn't heard, Bidandi moved closer to Asaph
before unleashing a brutal slap that echoed through to the
"I have never stolen, and never will I! You can accuse
me of finding me with someone's daughter but not stealing!"