Saturday 22nd June
DR Congo vs Uganda Cranes
Cairo International Stadium (4:30 PM in Egypt, 5:30 PM in Uganda)
Uganda Cranes will be out to record a remarkable start in the 2019 Africa Nations Cup tournament when they play against the Leopards of DR Congo on Saturday evening.
The second game of group A will be played at the Cairo International stadium.
There are no injury worries to each of the 23 players in the Uganda Cranes camp as they are all in buoyant mood prior to kick off.
Uganda Cranes is taking part in Africa’s best continental showpiece aiming to go past group stages.
Ahead of this encounter, Uganda Cranes gaffer Sebastien Desabre is optimistic banking on players’ morale and team spirit.
“We held a good training camp in Abu Dhabi for acclimatization and played two international friendly matches. The morale is high and we are giving 100 percent in all the matches, of course, one at a time. I know teamwork spirit will drive us there. We do not have so many great individual players but we are a collective and compact team ready to fight for the best results,”
Uganda Cranes ahead of this encounter played two friendly matches against Turkmenistan and Ivory Coast recording a goalless draw and a 1-0 win respectively.
The two games might have served as a good test for the Cranes and Desabre should have got his starting eleven.
“The first game in the tournament always gives you the leeway to performing well. We shall aim for maximum points.‘
Noted Uganda Cranes captain Dennis Onyango Masinde during a pre-match press conference.
Patrick Kaddu is expected to shoulder the scoring burden for the Cranes alongside Abu Lumala, Emmanuel Okwi, and Miya Farouk.
Kaddu headed Uganda Cranes in the finals during a qualification game against Cape Verde at Namboole and is expected to be Uganda’s lone striker.
Dennis Onyango, Bevis Mugabi, Godfrey Walusimbi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Murushid Jjuuko, Khalid Aucho, Kizito William Luwagga, Farouk Miya, Abdu Lumala, Emma Okwi
DR Congo 1-2 Uganda Cranes