Uganda gearing up for Rwanda clashes

Uganda gearing up for Rwanda clashes
Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Sep 29, 2021. 16:00

Uganda are already engaging in intensive preparations ahead of their 2022 World Cup Qualifying double header against East African rivals Rwanda next month.

The Cranes opened their Group E campaign with successive 0-0 draws against Kenya (away) and Mali (home) earlier this month, leaving them level with the Harambee Stars in second place. They are sandwiched by leaders Mali (four points) and bottom-of-the-log Rwanda (one point).

Uganda are set to face the Amavubi in Kigali on October 7, before hosting the return game in Entebbe three days later.

Under the guidance of coach Milutin Sredojevic, a locally-based group of players has already been in camp in preparation for the match. The Cranes’ overseas-based players are set to start joining up with the team from early next week.

“We have started the second phase of our preparations for Rwanda after a successful Eastern Region Tour,” ‘Micho’ is quoted by the Uganda FA website.

“We are planning to have two practice matches against KCCA on Thursday and Vipers on Sunday to prepare the boys in match situations as we wait for the foreign based players [who] are expected to start joining the camp by Monday.”

Uganda has never qualified for a World Cup finals tournament. The winner of Group E will advance into the final knockout phase of qualification, set for March of next year.

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