Uganda Cranes Captain Denis Masinde Onyango says everything is still in their hands as they fight to qualify for the AFCON finals in Cameroon next year.
Onyango who captained the Cranes at the 2019 AFCON tournament in Egypt, made these remarks after the Cranes were held to a goalless draw by Burkina Faso at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.
The Cranes started on a low note but later improved in the second half, with substitute Ibrahim denied by the woodwork.
Faruku Miya and Joseph Ochaya both also came close to scoring but it would just not be.
With the improved second half, Onyango was quick to praise the boys for their performance on the day.
“I’m happy with the boys’ performance more especially in the second half when Waiswa (Moses) and young star Orit came on, we regained control of the game. Onyango said.
“We lifted our tempo and we played much better football and created chances.
“I am happy with the boys at the moment and I think if we carry on the momentum from this game, we will get positive results on Monday.”
The Skipper also says that they still needed to get a positive result in the last game against Malawi before adding on that it is still in their hands.
“As the coach said we still needed to get a result in Malawi even though we had won today, we still needed to go to Malawi and fight.
“It’s (qualification) still in our hands and we still have to fight harder. We don’t need any favours from anyone, so we need to do ourselves a favour and get results.
“We need to play total football, not sitting back because it might cause more problems if you sit back but those are the tactics for the coaches.”
When they face Malawi on Monday 29th, the Cranes need to avoid defeat in order to seal a spot in the final AFCON tournament, for the third in a row.
Today’s result sees the Cranes move to eight points but remain second, one adrift leaders Burkina Faso who have now qualified.
Malawi is third on 7 points and a win for them on Monday will see them join the Stallions at the finals tournament.