By Fred Kaweesi
Botswana v Uganda (3pm)
World Cup qualifier
Senegal v Uganda (Sept 7)
CRANES’ high profile build-up against Botswana today will present Micho Sredojevic with the opportunity of identifying the right strategy that will earn Uganda that precious away victory against Senegal next weekend.
The Cranes must beat the Lions of Teranga in their make-or-break World Cup qualifier on September 7 to guarantee progress to the two-leg play-offs that will decide who eventually makes it to Brazil.
But away victories have not been Cranes’ staple diet in recent years. Apart from the local-based Cranes’ 1-0 win the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers against Tanzania last month, the team’s only two other recent away wins were in 2011 (against Guinea Bissau) and 2000 (against Malawi).
What this means, is Micho will need to eradicate that psychological block and inject plenty of belief in the players’ mind-sets.
And what better way to do that than humbling a Botswana side that the Cranes have not beaten in their last two meetings in Gaborone. Botswana are preparing for their qualifier against South Africa.
Cranes team in Gaborone:
Goalkeepers: Robert Odongkara, Denis Onyango,and Hamza Muwonge (Vipers)
Defenders: Denis IGuma (SCVU), Godfrey Walusimbi, Joseph Ochaya, Nicolas Wadada, Savio Kabugo and Richard Kasagga.
Midfielders: Hassan Wasswa, Geofrey Kizito, Joseph Mpande, S. Kyeyune, Moses Oloya, Brian Majwega, Joseph Kabagambe, Vicent Kayizzi
Strikers: Frank Kalanda, Emma Okwi and Hamis Kiiza.