The next two matches for Uganda Cranes at the ongoing Total CHAN Finals in Cameroon will define the team’s journey at the tournament in Cameroon.
Having drawn goalless with Rwanda in the opening match on Monday, Johnathan McKinstry’s troops will be hoping to treat the matches against Togo and Morocco like Cup Finals.
However the Northern Irishman still has a lot of confidence in his team because they have been putting into practice what they have learnt during training sessions.
At the Pre-match Press conference on Thursday afternoon and a detailed interview session with fufa website in Cameroon McKinstry also revealed that strike Milton Karisa will not be available for the fixture against Togo on Friday.
“It is unfortunate that Karisa had to come out early in that game where we had a bright start against Rwanda. He had a good run during the Mini Tournament in Doula. The Medical team has done a wonderful job and will monitor the situation in the next few days. As we welcome back our captain Halid Lwaliwa, it is unfortunate that Karisa will not be available for selection on Friday,” said McKinstry after Wednesday’s training in Douala.
Uganda will aim to take full advantage of the Togolese’s poor form, however, as they are currently winless in each of their last nine matches across all competitions.
Having never qualified from the group stage before, the Cranes are banking on the experience of their squad to make a difference, with players from seasonal CAF Interclub competitions campaigners KCCA FC and Vipers SC.
Togo faces Rwanda in their last game on January 26th in Limbe, while Uganda locks horns with Morocco in Douala in a simultaneous kickoff.