AFCON 2021: The Cranes aim to strengthen grip on top of group B against tricky neighbors South Sudan

Danito NSUBUGA

It will be another East African derby when Johnny McKinstry’s men battle against a country that borders us to the north.

The Northern Irishman will however have to keep it in mind that despite sitting at the bottom of the group, the Bright stars will not be pushovers.

In one of his pre-match remarks, fired warning shots to his team to avoid any tendencies of complacency and approach their opponents as a big potential threat.

“They are stubborn opponents. Gone are the days when they used to concede 4 or 5 goals. We are confident of breaking down their resilience with full focus and professionalism”.

He told the FUFA media.

Two years ago, Uganda’s U23 side were eliminated by South Sudan in the qualification stages of the AFCON for the U-23 men’s category.

Shafiq Kagimu and Allan Okello are some of the current Cranes team that faced humiliation in Sudan.

The Sudanese have however maintained a huge chunk of their team, most of who have since moved to the paid ranks.

The Cranes will have to be wary of former KCCA and Vipers striker Tito Okello who recently sworn affidavit to switch allegiance from Uganda to South Sudan. He will have a huge point to prove, having been overlooked by many Cranes coaches.

In form striker Derrick Nsibambi, Konyaspor’s Farouk Miya and Israeli based William Kizito Luwagga are expected to hold the mantle for Uganda, whereas Timothy Awanyi may partner Ronald Mukiibi in the heart of the defense.

Uganda will be hoping to run away with all six points out of their doubleheader with Sudan as Malawi and Burkina Faso will also be facing off in the same group.

Probable line-up

Denis Onyango, Elvis Bwomono, Joseph Ochays, Timothy Awany, Ronald Mukiibi

Michael Azira, Khalid Aucho, Farouk Miya

Derrick Nsibambi, Kizito Luwagga, Emmanuel Okwi

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