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For Nigerian fans, this was especially vexing considering how tough the Cranes had played them in the past. Not just factoring in the monumental upset at Afcon in Kumasi, Ghana on the 14th of March 1978 where Uganda shocked an overconfident Nigeria, the fact to that matter is that Nigeria has always struggled against the Cranes. This can be further verified by true events such as their inability to beat Uganda, both home and away, in their last two encounters. Well, make that three now.
In Asaba, while Nigeria was unable to put that hex to sleep, she can now look to Cameroon 2019 with eager anticipation knowing not just will she be at full strength for the first time in months, but that now available are an array of new and potent weapons eager to be 'discovered' and deployed. In retrospect, just like Nigeria, Uganda can go home, regroup and prepare to make an impact in Cameroon come 2019. They certainly have the talent and are without a doubt the new powerhouse in East Africa. If they play as they did in Asaba they are certainly going to be a handful for any team they are drawn against.