Police has assured the public that adequate security is in place for today’s match that sees hosts Uganda Cranes take on the Black Stars of Ghana at Namboole Stadium with the country’s president Yoweri Museveni in attendance.
The game kicks off at 4.00pm local time (EAT) that is 1pm Ghana time.
“We have uniformed officers and detectives for covert operations in and around Namboole,” said police spokesperson Fred Enanga.
Enanga explained that they are prepared for the huge crowds expected. He stated that deployment will be before, during and after the match.
“Security is already in place. I assure the public that Namboole is safe,” said Enanga on Friday.
The deployments include the integrated highway patrol, counter terrorism and an emergency squad that has a medical team.
The counter-terrorism team will man the entry points while the highway unit will be in charge of all the roads leading to the sports facility. Uganda is currently third in the four team group.
A win will revive Uganda’s chances of one of the two qualification slots.
A record crowd is expected not only to cheer the home team, but also watch Europe based Ghanaian stars that most Ugandans have only been following on television.
Uganda is in a desperate search for a slot in the 2015 Afcon tournament. The Cranes last featured at this level in 1978 where they lost in the final to Ghana.
So, a win for the hosts will be greeted by wild celebrations.