By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Total AFCON 2021 Qualifiers (Group B)
Match Day 4: Monday November 16, 2020
South Sudan vs. Uganda (4 pm)
Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi
The Uganda Cranes are on the verge of qualifying for the third consecutive African Cup of Nations (AFCON) but this time earlier than the recent editions, provided they beat South Sudan today, November 16, 2020.
Uganda currently sit top of the Group B standings having conceded no goal as opposed to second-placed Burkina Faso while their opponents today, South Sudan, are bottom with not a single point in three matches.
— FUFA (@OfficialFUFA) November 16, 2020
Although a win from today’s fixture will book Uganda’s ticket to Cameroon come next year, it is not going to be an easy one. The Cranes had to be patient and persistent in the first leg, securing victory through an 85th goal from Halid Lwalila at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
Uganda Cranes Coach Johnny McKinstry believes today’s opponents might be hard to breakdown, but Uganda’s improving away form coupled with the possibility of an early qualification will act as a morale booster for the players.
“It is now nine or 10 games when they have lost, won or drawn by only a one-goal margin,” McKinstry said of South Sudan. That is clear evidence that South Sudan are a robust and resilient team,” McKinstry said.
There are no injury worries in the squad, but the coach is expected to make a few changes in his starting 11, with players like Allan Okello expected to start.