Matchday 5 – Thursday
*Uganda Vs Kenya, 4pm
*Rwanda Vs Mali, 4pm
- Mali – 10
- Uganda – 8
- Kenya – 2
- Rwanda – 1
Micho Rallies Uganda Cranes Troops
Uganda Cranes coach Milutin Micho Sredejovich has urged his players to treat the game with all the respect it deserves.
The Cranes will seek to improve their qualification chances to the World Cup when they host Kenya Harambee Stars at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.
Winning the derby, coupled with Mali’s loss to Rwanda, will see the Cranes go top of Group E ahead of their titanic clash four days later.
“I want us to approach the match of Kenya like there is no life after death,” stated Micho.
“When we finish this game, we shall think about the rest of the things otherwise for us there is no life beyond Kenya.”
Uganda started their campaign with a goalless draw at Nyayo in a game they could have squeezed maximum points.
And with the game at Kitende, the Cranes will fancy their chances against a Kenyan side that has nothing to play for.
The Cranes are yet to concede a single goal in the qualifiers but the team’s weak-link comes in the form of finding the back of the net.
The side has scored only two goals – both by Fahad Bayo – coming in the double header against Rwanda. And now Micho will be banking on the Ashdod striker to shoulder the scoring burden.
Kenya Playing for Pride
The top team in each group will qualify to the playoff and final round. And with Kenya third in Group E with two points, the Harambee Stars can no longer finish above Uganda and Kenya.
Only pride is at stake for the Visitors but given the rich rivalry between the two sides, this promises to be a tight encounter.
“We still have a lot to fight for, we push till the end as we build for the future. It’s an East African Derby and so we have to fight for our pride and ensure that we come back home with a positive result,” Michael Olunga, Harambee Stars Captain said.
It will be Engin Firat’s third game after the Turkish gaffer lost the double header against Mali.
Firat, who replaced Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee, will be hoping for a good result so that he convinces his bosses that he is the right man for the job.
The Stars will bank on Olunga but the coach included the Armenia-based Alwyn Tera and Georgia-based Amos Nondi to the travelling squad
Head To Head – The Unending Rivalry
•The East African derby meeting between Uganda and Kenya has always produced some strong memories.
•The goalless draw on October 8 2011 at Namboole that denied the Cranes a ticket to 2012 AFCON stands out.
•The sides will be meeting for a 77th time – Uganda takes a big share of 30 wins against Kenya’s 22 while 24 draws have been registered.
•Outside CECAFA, the last five meetings have ended in draws, including back-to-back 1-1 friendlies.
•Kenneth Muguna cancelled out Emmanuel Okwi’s opener in September 2019 at the Kasarani stadium, the last time both sides met.
How To Watch
The match will be broadcast live on Azam Sports 2 HD after Azam secured exclusive rights of the World Cup Qualifiers on African Continent.
UBC (and BBS) may broadcast the match.
Airtel Reveals Cranes Package:
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For Just 2000/= fans can enjoy 300MB and 20mins to share highlights, talk about the game, send good wishes to the players and so on. All they need to do is Dial 14920# to activate the Cranes offer.
Watch the game on Airtel TV via UBC or follow Airtel social media pages for all game updates.
Airtel Uganda Marketing Director Henry Njoroge: “We have sponsored the Uganda Cranes since 2013 and we have been privileged to see the team grow in leaps and bounds from and individual player level to the team level nationally and internationally. We saw the team qualify for AFCON 2 years back to back after waiting for 39 years, we have seen some individuals on the team like the former captain and goal keeper get global recognition, to mention but a few.”
Kenya XI – Brian Bwire, Joseph Okumu, Johnston Omuruwe, Eric Ouma, David Ochieng, Hassan Abdallah, Richard Odada, Eric Johanna, Kenneth Muguna, Michael Olunga, Thomothy Ouma.
Uganda XI – Charles Lukwago, Denis Iguma, Isaac Muleme, Bevis Mugabi, Timothy Awany, Khalid Aucho, Ibrahim Orit, Moses Waiswa, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Fahad Bayo, Milton Karisa
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