Tuesday, January 17
*Mozambique 3-2 Libya
*Algeria 1-0 Ethiopia
Wednesday, January 18
*DR Congo Vs Ivory Coast – 7pm
*Senegal Vs Uganda – 10pm
Uganda Cranes face Senegal in their second Group B game at the ongoing African Nations Championship.
The pulsating tie on Wednesday will be held at the 19 May 1956 Stadium in Annaba, Algeria.
After a goalless draw against DR Congo in the opener, Uganda Cranes will be confident of picking a positive result once again.
But it’s work cut out against a well oiled Senegal side that beat Ivory Coast in their opener.
“When you come to this competition, you can be good or bad news. It’s not news when the dog bites man but its news when Man bites dog. We are going to play Terranga Lions, in five previous competitions we have gone out, this is like our Cup final,” Uganda Cranes coach Micho said.
“It’s us eating lions, you are either eating a Lion or you are eaten. It’s a match of high magnitude where we need to have hunger to live and sense of survival in the competition.
“We need to get something from the match. We are in last touches of touching the issues of sources of vulnerability of the opponents team and points of danger because on this planet.”
In the opener against DR Congo, Uganda looked solid at both ends of the pitch, a performance they must replicate against the Terranga Lions.
Micho might stick with the team that played the opener or at least make not more than two changes.
Ibrahim Orit may start ahead of Rogers Mato in one of the likely changes in the team.
Travis Mutyaba may once again come off the bench despite showing good signs in his cameo.
But Bright Anukani who didn’t feature in the opener, may also get some minutes.
Senegal Coach Predicts Tough Battle
Senegal coach Pape Thiaw has anticipated a tough contest when his side meet the Uganda Cranes.
Moussa N’Diaye scored the only goal as Senegal got off the mark against Ivory Coast.
And a win against the Cranes will guarantee their passage to the knockout.
“Uganda has an ambitious team,” Thiaw is quoted via CAF website.
“They are aggressive especially on the set pieces and second balls. We are expecting a difficult battle against Uganda and are prepared for it.
“We are outsiders. We accept and work to change the situation.”
But Senegal might miss Djibril Diarra who picked an injury in the win over Ivory Coast, with the coach confirming that the youngster lost a tooth during the incident.
This, is Senegal’s third CHAN tournament and their first since 2011 when they failed to go past the groups.
In their inaugural tournament (2009 Ivory Coast), Senegal were stopped at the Quarterfinals after penalty shootouts loss to Ghana.
Uganda and Senegal will be meeting for the very first time in CHAN, but the Cranes have never beaten Senegal elsewhere.
*2001 (AFCON Q): Uganda 1-1 Senegal
*2001 (AFCON Q): Senegal 3-0 Uganda
*2012 (World Cup Q): Uganda 1-1 Senegal
2013 (World Cup Q): Senegal 1-0 Uganda
*2017 (Friendly): Senegal 0-0 Uganda
*2019 (AFCON): Uganda 0-1 Senegal
•Uganda – Alionzi Nafian, James Begisa, Derrick Ndahiro, Gift Fred, Geoffrey Wasswa, Marvin Youngman, Karim Watambala, Moses Waiswa, Frank Ssebuufu, Ibrahim Orit, Milton Karisa
•Senegal – Pape Mamadou, Ousmane Diouf, Mamadou Sane, Lamine Camara, Ousmane Kane, Cheikh Diouf, Malick Mbaye, Cheikh Sidibe, Elimane Cisse, Moussa Kante, Cheikhou Ndiaye
How To Watch – In Uganda, local channels like UBC and Sanyuka Prime will broadcast the match live. DStv and and StarTimes have the game as well.