The Uganda Cranes will be targeting maximum points against Burkina Faso in an AFCON qualifier Group B game on Wednesday evening.
The Cranes host the Stallions of Burkina Faso at the St. Marys Stadium, Kitende with the hope of probably sealing qualification to the 2021 finals in Cameroon next year.
Burkina Faso sits top of the qualification Group, B, with 8 points, one ahead of Uganda who sits second with two games to go.
The Cranes will be without their head coach, Johnathan Mckinstry who was forced to step aside for one month by FUFA following a spate of poor results, so, local coaches Abdallah Mubiru, Livingstone Mbabazi and Fred Kajoba will be on the Touchline.
Uganda will also be without three senior players for these crucial encounters after Uche Ikpeazu Mubiru and Bevis Mugabi pulled out of the team after being summoned, while Khalid Aucho (who has since apologised) was suspended from the Camp for failing to adhere to the National Team’s code of conduct.
Abdalla Mubiru will have some more important decisions to make after several players never trained with the team after they were released late by their respective teams. The Israel trio of William Luwagga Kizito, Timothy Awanyi and Fahad Bayo arrived after the Tuesday training session, so it remains to be seen if the coaching staff will consider including them in the matchday squad or rest them for the Malawi game.
For the visitors, Burkina Faso arrived in the country on Sunday and have had two training sessions at the St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende in preparation for the encounter.
Aston Villa’s Bertrand Traore, Ajax’s Lassina Traore and Charles Kabore are expected to be the star men to watch from the Stallions’ team that is still unbeaten in group B.
Uganda and Burkina Faso have faced each other eight times with the Stallions holding a slight advantage over the Cranes, having won two of the matches against Uganda’s one.
The two sides played out to a goalless stalemate in Ouagadougou in the first game of the group.
Uganda Cranes: Denis Onyango (GK) ©, Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Ochaya, Murushid Jjuuko, Halid Lwaliwa, Taddeo Lwanga, Mike Azira, Moses Waiswa, Farouk Miya, Emmanuel Okwi and Patrick Kaddu
Burkina Faso: Aboubacar Sawadogo, Issa Kabore, Yacouba Coulibaly, Edmond Tapsoba, Issoufou Dayo, Adama Guira, Bryan Dabo, Cyrille Bayala, Zakaria Sanogo, Lassina Traore, Bernard Traore.