Wednesday, November 13
*Malawi 1-0 South Sudan
*Burkina Faso 0-0 Uganda
Sunday, November 17
*Uganda Vs Malawi
*South Sudan Vs Burkina Faso
Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan Mckinstry was happy with Uganda Cranes performance in a draw against Burkina Faso.
Uganda Cranes kicked off their 2021 AFCON Qualifiers with a precious draw away against Burkina Faso.
The teams played a goalless draw in a highly contested affair at Stade Du Aout in Ouagadougou.
“We expected a very difficult game here like we had said before, they have one of the best home records in Africa – One loss in many years. It shows you how strong they are. Coming here, obviously all teams will all agree that it’s the most game in the group, to come here and take a point is very positive,” said Mckinstry after the draw in Burkina.
“Obviously, we would have loved it if we took three points, we were very close with a well taken corner kick but ultimately it is a very good start.
“Now we want to go back to Kampala and look to build on that. It’s going to be a very different game. Away from home, it was under pressure. We expect the crowd to come in big numbers.”
Cranes’ biggest chance saw Emmanuel Okwi’s header, off Farouk Miya corner, rattle the crossbar.
The hosts had a couple of clear cut chances including a Lassina Traore opportunity that was cleared off the line while Charles Kabore drove his free-kick over the bar.
Malawi beat South Sudan and tops group D. Uganda will play host to Malawi on Sunday as Burkina visit South Sudan in a game which will be played in Khartoum.
“The players showed the desire, fought for every ball, fought for the nation and what we need is the supporters we have back in Uganda to come out and fill namboole and drive us forward to pick maximum points,” added the Northern Irishman.
“Its all about collecting points, 12 points will definitely take us to AFCON, 10 or 11 as well.
“Its one point earned, and we want to build on that. Our strategy is to win all our home games and pick a point on the road.”
The Cranes are targeting a third consecutive return to AFCON after previous qualification in 2017 Gabon and 2019 Egypt.
Burkina Faso XI – Adama Sawadogo (GK), Steeve Yago, Bryan Boulaye Dabo, Jonathan Pitroipa, Eric Traore, Edmond Tapsoba, Issoufou Dayo, Yacouba Coulibaly, Charles Kabore, Cyrille Bayala, Lassina Traore.
Uganda XI – Denis Onyango (GK), Bevis Mugabi, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Timothy Denis Awany, Murushid Juuko, Khalid Aucho, Mike Azira, Faruku Miya,Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Abdul Lumala, Henry Patrick Kaddu
Subs Used – Nico Wadada, Alxis Bakka ans Isaac Muleme.
Subs Not Used: Robert Odongkara (GK),Charles Lukwago (GK), Hassan Wasswa, Halid Lwaliwa,Taddeo Lwanga, William Kizito, Allan Kyambadde, Fahad Bayo, Allan Okello