Cranes backing themselves to challenge Fennec Foxes

Cranes backing themselves to challenge Fennec Foxes
Vladimir Petkovic, coach of Algeria during the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2026 match between Algeria and Guinea held at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers , Algeria on 06 June 2024 ©Djaffar Ladjal/BackpagePix

by Thando Mpembe

Sunday Jun 09, 2024. 15:56

Third placed Uganda will have a test on their hands when they take on Algeria in their fourth match of the CAF 2026 World Cup qualifiers tomorrow evening at the Mandela National Stadium.

Kick-off is at 18:00 CAT.

The two teams are on six points along with Mozambique and Guinea, in a tight Group G. It is vital for the teams hoping for qualification to not drop points as they could prove to be costly in the long run.

Uganda are coming off the back of a narrow 1-0 victory over Botswana, and despite having the same number of points as the two teams above them, their inferior goal difference has put them in their current position.

The Cranes had a disappointing start to their qualifying campaign when they lost 2-1 to Guinea in November, however they picked things up by winning 1-0 over Somalia. With this, the team will be hoping to keep up the positive results as they face their opponents on Monday.

It will be the third time these nations meet. For Uganda, they’ve unfortunately lost two of those which were in the qualifying stages for the most recent Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Algeria faced somewhat of a setback as Vladimir Petkovic took the reins for his first competitive match as they lost 2-1 to Guinea on home soil.

However with victories against Somalia and Mozambique in their first two fixtures, the Fennec Foxes are top of their group and will be working on doing the work to stay there.

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