Thursday, June 10
*South Africa Vs Uganda, 7pm (EAT)
Preview – Cranes Start Rebuilding Process
Uganda Cranes start their rebuilding process with a high profile international friendly against Bafana Bafana in South Africa.
The game will be played at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, kicking off at 6pm in South Africa which is 7pm in Uganda.
The Cranes failed to reach AFCON 2021 after loss to Malawi 1-0 in the final qualifier match played in Blantyre that saw Malawi join Burkina Faso from group B.
That was a below per performance for the nation that had qualified in the previous editions back to back, including in 2019 where they reached knockout in Egypt.
Despite starting off the qualifiers with a vital draw away to Burkina Faso before beating Malawi 2-0 at Namboole, Uganda struggled to edge South Sudan in Kitende and later lost to the same opponent in a return leg that was played at a neutral ground (Kenya to be precise). The home game against Burkina Faso ended goalless and the loss in Blantyre where Cranes needed just a draw to qualify, was the final blow.
The team of locally based players failed to get out of the group stages of CHAN in Cameroon, a performance that inspired ‘shitty football’ infamous remarks from FUFA president Moses Magogo.
The ugly turn of events saw Captain Denis Onyango, Hassan Wasswa and Mike Azira announce retirement while Coach Johnathan Mckinstry was earlier shown an exit door.
The rebuilding has been inevitable – And with no confirmed head coach around, and World Cup qualifiers in the corner, Uganda face a huge mountain to climb.
The Cranes team in South Africa is devoid of experience, comprising of 15 UPL players, five of whom where part of the Uganda Hippos squad that reached the final of AFCON U20 championship earlier this year.
Abdallah Mubiru will have to wait for results of Covid19 tests that will be taken today at 7am to know the available players at his disposal.
Former captain Denis Onyango who visited the camp noted thay its better the boys start the rebuilding process on a positive note while Allan Okello (of Algeria’s Paradou) conceded that they have enormous pressure to deliver.
South Africa on the hand, also failed to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations after losing 2-0 to Sudan in their final Group C match in Omdurman.
The 1996 AFCON winners will be without new coach Hugo Broos while one of his assistants (Janevski Cedomir) also tested positive for Covid19 to join a list of players that also has Percy Tau, Teboho Mokoena and Sipho Mbule while Mosa Lebusa, Mothobi Mvala and Rivald Coetze are sidelined with injuries.
Head to Head
South Africa has not lost to Uganda in recent memory and the last encounter, 2019 COSAFA, ended in a 1-1 draw with Luther Singh on target for Bafana Bafana while Dan Sserunkuma scored for the Cranes.
In the 2006 World Cup Qualifiers, South Africa edged the Cranes 1-0 at Namboole with Benni Mcarthy scoring from the spot. The reverse fixture was won by South Africa 2-1.
South Africa – Ronwen Williams, Nkosinathi Sibisi, Rushine De Reuck, Innocent Maela, Sibusiso Mabiliso, Keagan Dolly, Lebohang Maboe, Aubrey Modiba, habang Monare, Thabiso Kutumela, Bongokuhile Hlongwane
Uganda Cranes – Ismael Watenga, Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, Halid Lwaliwa, Murushid Juuko, Taddeo Lwanga, Shafic Kagimu, Abdul Lumala, Steven Mukwala, Emmanuel Okwi, Allan Okello
How To Watch:
The match will be broadcast live on SABC Sport Channel (South Africa) and UBC (Uganda).
Any live link will be shared immediately on our social media pages.
Known internet Streaming channels like Hesgoal and Viprow will surely have the game.
FUFA FM will do the radio commentary.
You can as well follow live updates on our social media channels – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Updated – An earlier version of this story showed that the game will not be broadcast live by any channel in Uganda, UBC has confirmed that it will have the match.