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Worldcup Russia 2018: Must win for the Cranes as Uganda host the Black of Ghana

Dynamic midfielder Tonny Mawejje is expected to stand in for the suspended Aucho Khalid. 

By : Elias Kayondo

The Uganda Cranes host the Black stars of Ghana in the FIFA world cup qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 finals on Saturday 7th, Oct, 2017.

The two teams last met in the Africa cup of nations in Gabon early this year in a Group D opener which Uganda lost after defender Isaac Isinde made a reckless foul when he pulled down striker Gyan Asamoah in the goal area to cause a penalty which Andre Ayew converted.

Uganda and Ghana have previously met 10 times in different competitions and the vistors have won 3 encounters , the hosts have also won 3 of the ten and the remaining 4 encounters were played to stalemates.

Ghana come to this game without their experienced and tested stars who include skipper Gyan Asamoah, Thomas Agyepong , Harrison Afful Jonathan Mensah and Christian Atsu who are all reportedly out injured.

The Ayew brothers (Andre and Jordan Ayew ) are also not part of the team since they were snubbed by the headcoach Kwesi Appiah as he summoned the team.

The black stars had a feel of the pitch on Friday evening 

Uganda Cranes on the other hand, will be without midfielder Khalid Aucho and defender Mulshid Jjuuko who are both suspended for this game due to accumulation of yellow cards. The Vietnam based midfielder Geofrey Baba Kizito is also out after sustaining an injury with his club Than Quang Ninh football club last week.

Moses Basena addressed the media for a pre match press conference 

Moses Basena the Uganda Cranes tactitian is however determined to go against all odds and produce results for the hosts;

” We are going to play a verystrong Ghanaian team which has pedigree , which has played in the world cup, which has won the Africa cup, which has big players playing in big leagues across the world but that doesn’t concern us. Our concern is ourselves.

Basena also reserved some praise for the media for the tremendous job in publicising the game and he also called upon the fans to come in big numbers to support the team. He added,

“I thank the media for the wide range of coverage they have given us, we now call upon the fans to come up in big numbers and support us”.

Egypt is currently leading the group with 9 points followed by Uganda on 7 points and Ghana on 5 points while Congo Brazzaville trails with only 1 point.

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