Monday, November 16
*South Sudan Vs Uganda Cranes
(Nyao Stadium, Kenya)
Uganda Cranes captain Denis Onyango is optimistic ahead of Monday’s clash with South Sudan.
Disciplined at the back, South Sudan gave Uganda a hard time on Thursday at Kitende until the 85th minute when Halid Lwaliwa scored the only goal of the game.
The Bright Stars are without a point in their three games and will need at least a point to keep their slim AFCON hopes alive.
“They will open up eventually when we play them in Kenya,” Onyango told KFM on Saturday.
“Hope they play an open game because they want to win also but hopefully things become easier for us when we play them on normal grass.
“Definitely both teams will be playing like they are on away, so there will not be any supporters for them as well, so for us its all about executing and plan to win the game as sooner as possible because they are a very stubborn team and they create chances as u saw, even though they were not 100% chances, but they could have converted one of them.
“So for us, we need to be very conscious and try to wrap up qualification in Kenya on Monday because we have ever done it before and hope we can do the same because we know the challenge that is lying ahead of us.”
The Cranes team of 23 players have safely landed in Nairobi and are residing at Tamarin Tree Hotel, Langata.
They will conduct a training session at Nyayo on Sunday ahead of Monday’s kickoff.
Cranes sit second in Group B with seven points, level with leaders Burkina Faso who edge the top spot with just goals scored.
Despite the gulf in class, South Sudan played fearless against the Cranes and are expected to push the side to the wire.
The game, as it was in Kitende, will be played behind closed doors.
“Every game you play has pressure and every game you play you need to play with a lot of pressure and we believe that its our responsibility to carry this pressure to push us to get positive results.
“On the other hand, I believe the guys (Cranes Players) have enough experience to do that.
“There won’t be any supporters in the stadium but all we need is a win, we don’t care how you win, its important that we qualify as early as possible and if we get to 10 points in Kenya at least it can guarantee qualification, we hope things turn out well for us on Monday.”