Uganda Cranes yesterday finished second in group A with 4 points and automatically qualified for the knockout stage in the round of 16. It is the first time that Uganda qualified for the knock out phase of the competition since 1978.
The Cranes are now in line to face the team that will finish second in Group C, and that could be either Senegal or Kenya who lock horns today.
Both Kenya and Senegal are tied on three points and fighting for a top two finish that will guarantee passage to the round of 16. Algeria, who play Tanzania, lead the group on six points.
Kenya has never beaten Senegal. The two teams have previously met three times, all at the Africa Cup of Nations. Their first meeting in 1990 ended 0-0.
The Teranga Lions defeated Kenya 3-0 two years later and again 3-0 in 2004.
A draw will leave Senegal in second place ahead of Kenya on goal difference to lineup a round of 16 fixture against Uganda Cranes while all what the Harambee stars need is a win.
Meanwhile, Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre was forced to make a change in the goalkeeping department as Denis Onyango paved way for Robert Odongkara.
Onyango was stretchered off as he felt dizzy due to the bout of flu that attacked him two days before the game on Sunday. Hassan Wasswa Mawanda took over the Captain’s during the absence of Onyango.
The captain has been cleared by the medical team and will be in contention to start in the next game.
The knockout match against Senegal or Kenya will be on Friday 5 July, 2019 at Cairo International Stadium at 10 pm.