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Uganda cranes coach, captain are optimistic the team will qualify

By Ahmed Senoga

Uganda Cranes assistant coach Abdallah Mubiru and the teams skipper Denis Masinde Onyango are optimistic that the team can seal qualification on away against Malawi on Monday next week.

Mubiru who was in charge of the game in the absence of head coach Johnathan McKinstry was left disappointed that the team couldn’t secure all three points against Burkina Faso at home (St. Mary’s Stadium) on Wednesday.

Definitely this is not the resulted we wanted. Our target was to win here and go into the final game in a better position but I’m happy with performance of the players. They put up a good fight and fought until the final whistle.’ Said coach Mubiru.

‘I think we deserved more than a point especially with our performance in the second half but we shall take the point and go back to rectify the mistakes before the game against Malawi. We now know that job must be completed in Malawi.’  He indicated.

Uganda Cranes starting line up against Burkina Faso at St. Mary’s stadium Kitende, Wakiso district

In the same way Uganda Cranes captain Dennis Onyango is confident the chance of qualifying for next year’s Total Africa Cup of Nations is still within reach despite a goalless draw at home against Burkina Faso.

The skipper indicated that the result was not what they hoped for but was delighted with the performance especially in the second half.

‘I’m happy with the performance of the boys especially in the second half. We played better football and created more chances but like the coach said, it is still in our hands despite getting just a point today. We must go to Malawi with the right attitude and play for the positive result on Monday.’ He said.

Uganda remains second in group B on 8 points and need just a point against Malawi on Monday, 29th March 2021 to qualify.

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