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McKinstry ready for Tanzania showdown ahead of the CECAFA Cup semifinals

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Hosts Uganda will take on rivals Tanzania in the semifinals of the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on Tuesday evening while defending champions Kenya will take on organized Eritrea side in the second semifinals game of the day at Startimes Stadium, Lugogo.

Uganda Cranes finished as group A leaders, collecting maximum points in all their 4 games while the Taifa Stars finished second in group B after a goalless draw against Sudan on Sunday.

Uganda is the highest-scoring team in this year’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, having found the net on 10 occasions while Tanzania has only a single goal to their name.

The Uganda Cranes team during one of the training session at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo | Courtesy photo

Speaking ahead of the game, Cranes coach Jonathan McKinstry acknowledged the importance of the match and urged his players to be at their best in order to eliminate the East African neighbors.

Tanzania is a big footballing nation, and we know that we have to be at our best if we are to be successful, if we are below our best, then Tanzania has more than enough quality in their squad to punish us.

McKinstry said ahead of the game.

We are focused on putting up on our top performance, and if we can do this then we have more than enough chances to go through to the finals.

He added.

The 2 sides have met on 21 different CECAFA occasions with the Cranes winning 13 games as compared to only 3 losses to the Taifa Stars and 5 draws.

Both sides have no injury worries ahead of the encounter.

In the other semifinal, defending champions Kenya will battle out with Eritrea for a place in this year’s finals in the early kickoff at Startimes Stadium, Lugogo.

The Harambe Stars finished top of group B while Eritrea finished second in group A behind Uganda.

Kenya is 7-time champions while Eritrea’s best-ever performance in CECAFA came in 1994 when they finished in the 4th position.

Kamardin Shero
Senior sports writer at The Touchline Sports

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