Striker Fahad Bayo is confident that Uganda Cranes will overcome South Sudan despite the absence of fans.

The Cranes play host to South Sudan this Thursday at St Mary’s stadium, Kitende behind closed doors.

According to CAF’s COVID-19 protocol, all matches must be played behind closed doors,
without spectators.

Uganda Cranes striker Fahad Bayo celebrates scoring at Namboole against Malawi. Courtesy

“It’s unfortunate that there will be no fans, but we promise to serve better because we love our country,” Fahad Bayo said on Monday.

“Fans should expect the best, we want to win because we need these points badly.

“We are ready and we want it more.”

Bayo recently joined Israel side FC Ashdod from Vipers SC this year.

He scored his first and only competitive goal for the Cranes senior team last year against Malawi at Namboole and will be hoping to improve his tally.

He will have to convince coach Jonathan McKinstry for playing minutes with stiff competition from Derrick Nsibambi and Emmanuel Okwi among others.

Bayo will be confident about the game at Kitende, a place where he scored some of his goals last season as Vipers were declared league champions.

The Cranes top group B with four points after a draw off Burkina Faso and a win off Malawi.

After the Thursday game, Cranes will face South Sudan on November 16 at Nyayo Stadium in Kenya.


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