Uganda will face Kenya in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Nyayo today, Thursday, after their AFCON disappointment.
The game, which starts at 4 p.m., will be the hundredth between the two adjacent countries, but it will be the first in World Cup qualifiers as they open their accounts in Group E.
Cranes coach Milutin Sredjovic Micho stated before of the game that his team is prepared for the Thursday afternoon match at the Nyayo stadium.
“Our opponents on Thursday have an edge because their season has just ended, but despite the little time we had, we have prepared well and will be a competitive squad. Starting with the opening game against Kenya, we are going to give this campaign our all,” Micho stated.
Uganda’s greatest opportunity to qualify for the world’s most prestigious event, according to the Serbian strategist.
The guys, according to squad captain Emma Okwi, are ready to give it their all as they take on Kenya’s Harambe heroes.
“The game against Kenya is crucial because it is a derby and it kicks off our quest for a World Cup spot, so we will give it our best. Before the game, Okwi stated, “We want to win and make Ugandans proud.”
The game on Thursday will be the tenth meeting between the two neighboring and friendly East African countries, each of which is vying to become the region’s largest football country.
The game will also be the first big match since the retirement of Cranes captain Denis Onyango and a number of other senior players, including Mike Azira and Hassan Wasswa, and the Ugandan national team will attempt to adjust to life without the three, who have been a staple for over a decade.
The squad, on the other hand, will look for new blood to help steer the ship in a game that will be played behind closed doors.
Uganda, together with Kenya, Rwanda, and Mali, is in Group E of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
After defeating Rwanda one nil in Bamako on Wednesday, Mali is presently in first place in the group with three points.
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