Congo Brazzaville will be Uganda's Cranes first opponents for the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. A win for the Cranes will see them move into the next round which will detarmine which teams qualify for the event to take place in South Africa.
Uganda Cranes have been pitted against unpredictable Congo Brazzaville in the preliminary round 2 of the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
In the draws made on Friday evening by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) members meeting in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda were given a difficult hurdle against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, while Tanzania take on Mozambique and Harambee Stars of Kenya battle Togo.
“Congo Brazzaville is not a weak team, but we shall make sure we get a good result away before the return leg in Kampala, “ said Cranes coach Bobby Williamson whose team came close to making it to the 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations, but failed to beat Kenya in Namboole Stadium to get an automatic qualification early this month.
According to the procedures, hosts South Africa have automatically qualified, while 16 teams that qualified for the 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) will get an automatic leave from the first two rounds and enter in the final round of the qualifiers that begins after the CAN Orange 2012.
Thirty countries will take part in the qualifiers from the start with the preliminary round 1 pitting the lowest ranked four teams as Seychelles face Swaziland and Sao Tome take on Lesotho. The two teams that qualify from the preliminary round 1 will join 26 others in the first and second leg to qualify 14 teams.
Although CAF is yet to announce dates for the qualifiers, the 16 teams that qualified for the CAN Orange 2012 and the 14 teams that qualify from the preliminary round 2 will meet in first and second leg formula to qualify 15 countries. The final round will be played in September and October 2012.
Preliminary round 1 draw
Seychelles v Swaziland (Win 1/2)
Sao Tome v Lesotho (Win 3/4)
Preliminary round 2 draw
Ethiopia v Benin
Congo Brazzaville v Uganda
Burundi v Zimbabwe
Algeria v Gambia
Kenya v Togo
Win 3/4 v Sierra Leone
Guinea Bissau v Cameroon
Chad v Malawi
Win 1/2 v RD Congo
Tanzania v Mozambique
Central Africa Republic v Egypt
Madagascar v Cape Verde
Liberia v Namibia