With eight points, Uganda currently sits second in Group E and are led by Mali which has 10 points. Mali is also set to take on bottom-placed Rwanda on the same day.
Uganda very much needs this victory if they are to qualify for their first-ever World Cup. This means that a draw or a loss, coupled with Mali defeating Rwanda, will completely shutter Uganda’s dream of qualifying.
As it has been seen in the past, the contest against the Harambe Stars will definitely not be an easy one.
Despite the visitors playing for pride as they have already been disqualified, Kenya always tends to save the best for Uganda. And once again, they will be expected to put up a strong fight against the hosts, Uganda.
However, coach Micho’s side comes into the game oozing with out-of-this-world confidence. This has majorly been fueled by the back-to-back victories on matchday three and four.
Uganda are clear favorites against Kenya that is yet to win a game and one that lost twice to Mali in their past two games.
The Cranes continue to be without captain Emmanuel Okwi who did not get a call to join the cause. Defender Murushid Juuko is yet to pay a FIFA fine for a dangerous play and is also not in the squad.
Those, plus a few other notable players will miss out on today’s contest.
This meeting will be the 12th between the two sides since January 2009. In the past 11 meetings, Uganda has won four, Kenya one, and the rest have been ending in draws.
The most recent four games have ended in draws. However, Uganda is currently unbeaten at home in the last 5 meetings winning 3 and drawing 2.
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