Crane Coach Milotin Micho.

The complex mathematics puzzle is here with us again: ‘Uganda Cranes can qualify for the quarterfinals if they defeat Zimbabwe by two goals in the last game and hope Zambia beats Mali’.

Yesterday, Uganda’s chances of advancing to the quarter-finals of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) were thwarted by Zambia, after the latter beat Uganda 1-0 in a match dominated by the Cranes, played at the Umuganda Stadium.

The lone Zambian goal was scored by striker Christopher Katongo on the 41st minute, throwing Uganda into another one of its mathematics calculations in continental competitions.

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Uganda has had a history of complex calculations at continental competitions, the last being during the Cranes of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers in 2013.

At the time, the Cranes needed only a draw against traditional regional rivals Kenya to qualify for the finals in South Africa.

Meanwhile, African giants Atlas Lions of Morocco will qualify for the CHAN quarter-finals if they beat Rwanda today. Rwanda, with six points, has already qualified for the Q/Finals.