Group B of the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers
Monday, March 29
*Malawi Vs Uganda, 4pm (EAT)
*Burkina Vs South Sudan
|1||Burkina Faso (Q)||5||2||3||0||5||2||+3||9|
|4||South Sudan (E)||5||1||0||4||2||5||−3||3|
Uganda Cranes will seek to squeeze out a needed result against Malawi in the decisive Group B of the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers.
The crucial match will be played at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre at 3pm, 4pm in Ugandan time.
The Cranes are second on the table with eight points and will need at least a draw to return to AFCON finals for the third straight attempt.
Uganda has played at seven AFCON tourneys – 1962, 1968, 1974, 1976, 1978, 2017, 2019.
Coach Abdallah Mubiru, took over from Jonathan Mckinstry who was asked by FUFA to step aside, is expected to take a cautious approach so that the Cranes can avoid defeat and earn a ticket to Cameroon.
Uganda has collected just one point from the last two Qualification games in the group – They lost 1-0 to South Sudan in November last year and fired blanks with Burkina Faso last Wednesday as the latter qualified.
The Cranes suffered left Uganda on Sunday without Patrick Kaddu and Fahad Bayo who are nursing injuries from the Burkina Faso game.
Timothy Awany left camp and the same can be said of right back Elvis Bwomono who retuned to England.
Uganda will bank on pedigree on the fact that they beat the Malawi flames 2-0 in the reverse fixture, to get a needed result.
Key Player For Cranes – Denis Onyango: The Captain will be key for Uganda if they are to avoid defeat in Malawi. He comes with a bag of experience having featured at the last two AFCONs. Malawi has a couple of players who play in PSL and Onyango will be facing familiar opponents. He has been in terrific form with his club (Mamelodi Sundowns) where he has reached double fixtures in terms of clean sheets. A leader and a great inspiration for the team.
Uganda Cranes Probable Lineup – Denis Onyango, Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Ochaya, Halid Lwaliwa, Murushid Juuko, Taddeo Lwanga, Moses Waiswa, Farouk Miya, Allan Okello, Emmanuel Okwi, Mustafa Kizza.
Can Malawi Flames Burn the Cranes?
Malawi need nothing but a win to qualify to Africa Cup of Nations for the third time having played at the tourney in 1984 and 2010.
With all hope lost, Malawi revived their chances when Richard Mbulu scored the only goal to beat South Sudan in Khartoum.
The Flames currently sit just one point behind the Cranes going into the final Group B match.
However, they will not be without Francisco Madinga after the striker picked a yellow card in Khartoum.
Coach Meke Mwase is expected to go for an attacking side to suffocate the Cranes at Blantyre.
The game will be played behind closed doors due to Covid19 restrictions, depriving Malawi of the 12th player, the fans.
Key Player: Richard Mbulu – He scored the only goal as Malawi beat South Sudan in Khartoum and is poised to repeat the heroics on Monday. Enlisted in the army when he started out at Malawi armed forces FC, he has since had spells in Mozambique and Portugal. He current plies his trade in South Africa with Baroka. He scored his first goal for Malawi in 2017 against Togo.
Malawi Flames Probable Lineup – Ernest Kakhobwe, Stanley Sanudi, Charles Petro, Limbikhani Mzava, Precious Sambani, John Banda, Gerard Phiri, Peter Banda, Francisco Madinga, Richard Mbulu, Khuda Muyaba
How To Watch Malawi vs Uganda: Football Association of Malawi has confirmed that they will broadcast the game live on their official Facebook page. FUFA FM has radio commentary and you can follow live text updates on The-SportsNation pages.
Head To Head – Last 15 Matches
Nov 17 2019: Uganda 2-0 Malawi (AFCON Qualifiers)
Mar 27 2018: Uganda 0-0 Malawi (Friendly)
Nov 30 2015: Uganda 2-0 Malawi (CECAFA)
Jul 6 2015: Malawi 1-0 Uganda (Friendly)
Jul 15 2014: Uganda 0-0 Malawi (Friendly)
Dec 2 2010: Malawi 1-1 Uganda (CECAFA)
Mar 21 2009: Uganda 2-1 Malawi (Friendly)
Dec 6 2006: Uganda 0-0 Malawi (CECAFA)
Jul 15 2000: Malawi 1-2 Uganda (AFCON Qualifiers)
Jul 1 2000: Uganda 3-1 Malawi (AFCON Qualifiers)
Jul 6 1999: Malawi 0-2 Uganda (Friendly)
Dec 16 1989: Uganda 3-3 Malawi
Jul 30 1988: Malawi 3-1 Uganda (World Cup Qualifiers)
Jul 16 1988: Uganda 1-0 Malawi (World Cup Qualifiers)
Jul 10 1986: Malawi 0-0 Uganda (Friendly)