Wednesday, November 13
*Burkina Faso Vs Uganda – 10PM
Uganda Cranes will be targeting a perfect start when they face Burkina Faso in the AFCON qualifiers at the Stade du Aout in Ouagadougou.
This will be the first competitive game for new Cranes coach Jonathan Mckinstry and second overall with the senior team.
The meeting will be the sixth with Burkina – Cranes have won once, drawn twice and lost as many.
In the 2017 AFCON qualifiers, Jonathan Pitroipa scored the lone strike – from the spot – as the hosts beat Uganda in Ouagadougou in 2016 and the return fixture in Kampala ended goalless.
Uganda, who has qualified for the last two AFCON editions, is expected to give it their best shot once again.
The hosts have much quality and experience in depth and will rely on attackers Pitroipa, Lassina Traore (Ajax) and Aristide Bance (Horoya). Fiorentina’s Bryan Dabo and Lyon’s Bertrand Traore are also expected to play a big role.
Goalkeeping : Denis Onyango will start in goal and remains the nation’s captain.
However, there are questions about his mental strength of recent following the loss of his Dad last month, and he conceded a howler against Golden Arrows when he directed Danny Phiri’s shot through his legs in a 3-2 loss with Sundowns.
Defence: Motherwell’s Bevis Mugabi and Isaac Muleme will play as fullbacks while Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and Wydad Cassablance’s Murushid Juuko will be in the centre of defence.
Midfield: US-based Michael Azira, industrious Taddeo Lwanga and Khalid Aucho will be employed in the middle of the park.
Forwards: Pyramids’ Abdul Lumala and Ittihad’s Emmanuel Okwi will play at either side of target man Patrick Henry Kaddu.