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Cranes seek to complete splendid campaign unbeaten

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Cranes skipper Denis Onyango in action recently at Namboole stadium

AFCON Egypt Qualifiers

Sunday, 6pm

Tanzania vs Uganda (SS9)

Libya vs South Africa

Benin vs Togo

DRC vs Liberia

Zimbabwe vs Congo Brazzaville

Central African Republic vs Guinea

Cape Verde vs Lesotho

Onyango ready to carry Cranes like he carried his teammates in training recently

Skipper Denis Onyango has expressed his desire for Uganda cranes to continue their unbeaten run in the Total 2019 AFCON Egypt qualifiers when the confront Tanzania this Sunday at the 60,000 seater National stadium. The Cranes already secured their place for the finals in Egypt this year after garnering 13 points from the five games played –winning four and drawing just once.  Not only being unbeaten, the Cranes are also yet to concede a goal in the campaign –the only team with the feat. The Mamelodi Sundowns goal keeper says that there is need to finish on the high. “We want to finish on the high despite having already achieved qualification. We want to remain unbeaten and also finish without conceding. We are in good shape and everybody is looking up to achieve our mission,” noted Onyango, who already declared that this is his last qualifier match of any kind for Cranes.

The Cranes had a practice match with Egypt premier league side El Gaish which ended in a 1-1 draw on Wednesday during their Camp in Egypt before flying to Tanzania on Friday and midfielder Miya Farouk believes the test was handy ahead of the Taifa Stars clash.

“We are ready for the task ahead of us on Sunday. I know Tanzania will come with full force wanting to win the match to secure qualification but we also want to finish on a high. We shall give it our best shot,” noted Miya, who joined the camp last on Thursday. Despite being in the camp, Cranes assistant captain Hassan Wasswa is suspended for the clash which will be graced by Tanzania Prime minister Kassim Majaliwa as the chief guest. Tanzania coach Emanuel Amunike has described the match as the most important in Tanzania recent history. “This will be the most important match for Tanzania in recent times. It will be a match of moments. I call for calmness because every side will get their chances. I call upon the Tanzanians to back behind the team at all times. Even when we are low, we shall rise up. I have the hope that we shall win the game,” said the former Super Eagles and Barcelona forward. The first leg in Namboole stadium ended goalless last September. With just a game to play, Uganda leads group L with 13 points, Lesotho and Tanzania are second and third with joint 5 points although Lesotho has a head to head advantage. Cape Verde that host Lesotho are at the foot with 4 points and can qualify with a victory and a draw or loss for Tanzania. The top two teams from each group qualify for the June tournament in Egypt.

Full Uganda Cranes squad

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Salim Magoola (Al Hilal, South), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia)

Defenders: Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Timothy Awany (KCCA), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers), Godfrey Walusimbi (Free Agent), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Kirizestom Ntambi (Ethiopian Coffee), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Church hill brothers, India), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Free Agent), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA), Moses Waiswa (Vipers SC), Moses Opondo (Vendsyssel FF, Denmark)

Forwards: Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA), Allan Okello (KCCA), Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried, Austria), Muhammad Shaban (Raja Casablanca, Morocco), Henry Patrick Kaddu (KCCA), Milton Karisa (MC Oujda, Morocco).

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