Thursday, November 12
*Uganda Cranes Vs South Sudan – 4pm
(St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende)

The Preview

There will be no room for error for Uganda Cranes who host South Sudan in Group B of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification campaign.

Pressure will be on the Cranes who will surely fancy their chances against neighbors South Sudan who are pointless in the group.

Cranes Coach Jonathan Mckinstry and captain Denis Onyango speaking about the game, both highlighted the need to take the opponents seriously.

Cranes top Group B with four points, and maximum points on Thursday and in the return leg in Kenya next Monday, will all but guarantee the team’s spot in the AFCON finals for a third straight campaign.

South Sudan, ranked a lowly 168 in FIFA Rankings, will seek to capitalise on their inferior status to cause an upset against a neighbour they pretend to know.

Nicknamed Bright Stars, South Sudan is a young nation that was officially admitted as both a CAF and FIFA member in 2012.

They played their first international match against Uganda on July 10, 2012, ending 2-2 in Juba, and they will be hoping for a repeat in history at least.

The side will be hoping for the best especially from the ‘familiar faces’ like Tito Okello, Makueth Wol and Ivan Wani who have had stints in Uganda Premier League and have Uganda roots as well.

How To Watch

The game will be played behind closed doors, no fans, while few slots have been issued out to the media fraternity as the Country continues to fight the Covid19 pandemic.

The match, that will kickoff at 4pm, will be broadcast live on BBS Terefayina.

Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) will stream the match live on their official Facebook page.

You can as well follow the proceedings on our social media pages for live text updates, while a full match report will be uploaded on the website just at fulltime.

Probable Lineup

Mckinstry is expected to go for an attacking system, a 4-3-3 formation, but I will arrange this into a 4-2-3-1 formation.

There is no gift for guessing who will start in goal, that honor goes to team captain Denis Onyango.

Without Bevis Mugabi who got injured while at his club Motherwell, the place at right back is up for grabs. Azam FC defender Nicholas Wadada and Elvis Bwomono of Southend United are the candidates but Mckinstry is expected to go for the latter.

TP Mazembe’s Joseph Ochaya will be deployed at left back position, and will give an extra hand going forward.

Israel-based Timothy Awany who plays for FC Ashdod will start in the heart of defence and will most likely partner with Ronald Mukiibi of Sweden’s Ostersunds FK.

Khalid Aucho and Mike Azira will sit in middle of the park as double pivots.

William Kizito Luwagga, Emmanuel Okwi and Farouk Miya will bring the creativity upfront.

Former vipers striker Fahad Bayo, playing at a familiar ground, will be the target man to shoulder goal scoring burden, but faces stiff competition from Derrick Nsibambi.

The Results So Far:

*November 13, 2019

  • Malawi 1-0 South Sudan
  • Burkina Faso 0-0 Uganda

*November 17, 2019

  • Uganda 2-0 Malawi
  • South Sudan 1-2 Burkina Faso

The Table Standings

2Burkina Faso211021+14
4South Sudan200213−20


Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.

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