Uganda Cranes head coach Jonathan Mckinstry says that he is not taking chance and looking forward to maintaining the group lead ahead of the double-header against South Sudan in AFCON Qualifiers.
Uganda Cranes top Group B of the qualifiers with 4 points from a barren draw away to Burkina Faso and a 2-0 home win against Malawi.
The Cranes host South Sudan at Kitende next Thursday behind closed doors before the return leg in Nairobi after four days.
“We want to mantain our group top position and we want to come out of these two South Sudan games still holding on that first place spot,” said Mckinstry after training at Lugogo on Thursday.
“We know if we can pick up these maximum points that might be enough to seal off qualification depending on the results between Malawi and Burkina Faso. But regardless of that we have to go on and put up a top performance because South Sudan has improved a lot basing on their last international games. Its no longer the South Sudan of the old days which used to concede over 7 goals.
“We are going to be ready for the fight because we know south Sudan is going to come to prove a point, to make a name for themselves and if we relax they may punish us, so we need to be focused.”
The Northern Irishman is expected to pick only five or six players out of the 22 local based players in camp to join the initial summoned squad of the 20 foreign based players.
Cranes reached the knock-out round 16 in the last AFCON campaign held in Egypt and Mckinstry has a huge task to surpass the result if he makes to the finals of the 33rd edition to be held in Cameroon in 2022.
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