First choice goalkeeper Denis Onyango will need a late fitness test to be able to feature in the crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Comoros on Sunday.
Speaking to URN in an interview at the City Oil Petrol Station, Kamwoya, head coach Milutin ‘Micho' Sredojevic said Onyango had traveled from his base in South Africa with a slight injury. “We shall not take chances with any player because this game is very important. We shall therefore make sure Onyango has a late fitness test before the game to determine if he can play or not,” added Sredojevic.
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Uganda Cranes need a win at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole to qualify for the Afcon competition which has eluded them since 1978. During the 1978 final Uganda lost 2-0 top hosts Ghana.They had stopped Nigeria 2-1 at the semi final stage.
Burkina Faso have 10 points just like the Cranes but are top of Group D because they beat Uganda 1-0 in their home game. “I am calling upon the fans to come in big numbers to push the players with lots of motivation to win the game,” added the coach.
Experienced players Geoffrey Massa, Tony Mawejje, Emmanuel Okwi and Godfrey Walusimbi who have been part of the Cranes team that came close to qualifying for Afcon in the past six years are expected to play pivotal roles on Sunday.
Meanwhile in 2017 Afcon qualifier games played on Saturday Ethiopia beat Seychelles 2-1 in Addis Ababa to finish with 11 points. On Friday South Africa settled for a 1-all draw with the 10-man Mauritania team, while Gabon beat hosts Sudan 2-1 in Khartoum.