Uganda Cranes Go For Broke Tonight Against Comoros!
Ninety minutes stand between Uganda Cranes and a first appearance at the Afcon finals in 39 years.
A win over Comoros in their final 2017 Afcon qualifiers on Sunday will bring to an end years of heartache and near misses for the Pearl of Africa nation.
The Cranes last played at the Afcon in 1978 finishing as runners-up after losing the final to Black Stars of Ghana. Since then, it has been a case of so close but yet so far as they have failed to qualify despite going close especially in the 2011, 2012 and 2015 campaigns.
The game will be played at the Mandela National Stadium in Namboole with 40 million Ugandans hoping for the best against the unpredictable Comoros.
Cranes head into the game second in their group behind Burkina Faso’s Stallions on head to head statistics as the two are tied on ten points after five games.
In the previous five games, Uganda won three and drew once, losing only to Burkina Faso away from home.
Although Comoros sit at the base of the log with a mere three points from the shock 1-0 home win over Botswana, Cranes Coach Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic holds respect for a team that ranks below his side by 90 slots on the Fifa rankings at 155th.
Comoros coach Amiredine Abdou is buoyant, letting it be known that they did not come to Kampala for a holiday but to get all three points on offer as he fired a warning salvo to their hosts.
Cranes will miss the services of influential right back Denis Iguma who is suspended for the game while Geoffrey Kizito and Bevis Mugabi opted. Robert Odongkara was dropped for what Micho described as indiscipline.
Goalkeeper Denis Onyango will have to pass a late fitness test to feature but Micho is hopeful he will make the squad.
Comoros will be led by team captain Nadjim “Jimmy” Abdou who plays at English League One club Millwall. They could rain on Uganda’s much waited Nations Cup parade.
Uganda fetched maximum points in Moroni courtesy of Iceland-based midfielder Tony Mawejje’s solitary strike earlier this year.
Uganda Cranes Probable XI (4-2-3-1): Denis Onyango (GK), Isaac Isinde, Joseph Ochaya, Hassan Wasswa, Murushid Jjuuko, Aucho Khalid, Tonny Mawejje, Farouk Miya, Emmanuel Okwi, Geoffrey Massa (C) and William Luwagga Kizito