Cranes team training at Lugogo. Bata images

Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan McKinstry says that new players will start against South Sudan on Monday.

The Cranes will meet South Sudan again in an AFCON Qualifiers group B encounter in Kenya.

The first meeting in Kitende saw Cranes edge the Bright Stars 1-0 thanks to Halid Lwaliwa’s header.

“We are likely to make changes in second game because energy levels are important,” Mckinstry said after the game.

“You saw today players had to leave everything on the field and so yes a number of new players are going to start the second game because we need fresh legs.”

The game in Kenya comes four days after the one in Kitende.

The Hero – Halid Lwaliwa. FUFA photo

Nicholas Wadada is expected to replace Elvis Bwomono at right back after the Southend United defender had a colourless debut.

With Joseph Ochaya suspended after picking his second yellow card of the campaign, Dissan Galiwango is the option on left.

Medical assessments will have to be conducted on Khalid Aucho and Ronald Mukiibi who were withdrawn hurt.

Allan Okello, Lwaliwa, Edirisa Lubega and Karim Watambala who came off the bench are expected to start.

Unused substitutes Shafic Kagimu, Fahad Bayo and Brian Aheebwa are also expected to play a part.

Mckinstry expects another tough encounter in second leg but remains hopeful to top the group.

“We expect another tough encounter which is going to take another 90 minutes of intensity to get the results we want and everyone know the status of the group and our number one priority is to maintain our top position in the group after South Sudan games as we said,” he added.

“We have taken our first step toward that which can put us in great position though we cannot control what goes on from other places, so it might be enough to confirm qualifications or not, but regardless of the overall outcomes we want to finish in number one position.”

Burkina Faso beat Malawi 3-1 in the same group to move to seven points.


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