AFCON Qualifier – Group B
South Sudan vs Uganda
Nyayo Stadium, Kenya
Monday, 16-11-2020 @4pm
The Uganda Cranes technical team is expected to make some changes to the team that defeated South Sudan 1-0 on Thursday.
After a disappointing display at Kitende, Johnathan McKinstry and his assistants will most likely tamper with the team so as to try and win the game on Monday.
Youngster Allan Okello who started on the bench, three days ago is likely to start. Disan Galiwango is also expected to replace the suspended Joseph Ochaya at left back.
With Bevis Mugabi not 100% fit, Halid Lwaliwa who scored the winning goal at Kitande is also likely to partner Timothy Awanyi at central defence.
Striker Derrick Nsibambi who struggled after starting in the 1-0 win will most definitely drop to the bench.
Ahead of the game, McKinstry is hoping for a fine display at a ‘very good pitch’.
“We are very pleased to be here in Kenya. McKinstry said.
“This is a vey good playing surface and the players have alot of energy which is very positive.
“We have had a very short period of time to recover but we had a good classroom session and the players know what they are supposed to do.
“On Thursday, we missed several small details and failed ro create enough chances but i am positive that will change on Monday. Everyone is ready to go out and make amends and earn a good result.”
Uganda will be hoping a victory on Monday will see them reach a third successive AFCON finals.
After a 39-year wait, the Cranes reached the 2017 finals before repeating the trick two years later.
However, to seal qualification on Monday, they will need to beat South Sudan in the game that will be played in Kenya and also pray Burkina Faso takes all three points away to Malawi.
Uganda currently sits joint-top of Group B-along with Burkina Faso, with 7 points from three games.
For South Sudan, this is a do or die game for them as they face a prospect of elimination from the qualifiers.
The Bright Stars are currently on zero points from three games and a loss against Uganda will all but see the fail to qualify.
This will be the 7th meeting between the two sides ever since South Sudan was integrated into CAF in 2012.
In the previous six meetings, Uganda has won four and drawn twice with an aggregate score of 17-4.
Two of the last three games between the two sides have ended 5-1 in favour of the Cranes.
Uganda heads into the game having lost only one of their last 12 AFCON qualifiers (W7 D3). The only loss in that period came in a 3-0 defeat to Tanzania in a dead-rubber as the Cranes had already sealed qualification for the 2019 AFCON finals.
However, away from home, Uganda have lost one and drawn the other of their last two qualifiers.
For South Sudan, they head into the game having won only three of their past 17 AFCON qualifiers, losing all the other 14.
At home, they have won only one of their last five qualifiers, losing all the other four.