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Williamson backs Uganda to reach 2012 Nations Cup

By Syerramia Willoughby
BBC Sport

Uganda coach Bobby Williamson

Williamson has high hopes for his Uganda side

Uganda coach Bobby Williamson is backing his side to reach the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations after declaring them the best team in Group J.

The Cranes are top of the group with four points after beating Angola 3-0 and drawing 0-0 with Kenya in Nairobi.

“I believe Uganda are the best team based on what I’ve seen so far,” Williamson told BBC Sport.

“No disrespect to Guinea-Bissau whom I haven’t seen, but if they’re better than us they must be a hell of a team.”

Williamson believes his boys can make it to the 2012 tournament to be held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

That optimism comes despite the fact that the Cranes have not competed in a Nations Cup since 1978 when they were losing finalists.

However, he cautioned: “I could say Uganda are the best team in the group, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the best team will win it.

“There’s football still to be played.”

Uganda have won the regional championship for the past two years and Williamson is clearly hoping that this form will carry the Cranes to the Nations Cup for the first time in 34 years.

There are still four games to go for the Cranes, but they are back in Nations Cup qualifying action in the final weekend of November when they travel to Guinea-Bissau.

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