•African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2020- Cameroon
•Group C- AT Stade de la Reunifiction- Douala
√18th Jan 2021 Rwanda 0-0 Uganda
•22nd Jan 2021 Uganda vs Togo (10pm EAT, 8pm Local Time)
•26th Jan 2021 Morocco vs Uganda (10pm EAT, 8pm Local Time)
Uganda Cranes must settle for not less than three points when they face Togo on January 22, 2021 at the Stade de la Reunifiction- Douala in Cameroon if their chances of getting out of a Chan group for the first time are to remain realistic.
Uganda drew 0-0 with Rwanda in the opening match on Monday and the last two games including the one against champions Morocco will be more of cup finals.
However, before dwelling into how to handle the North Africans, coach Johnathan McKinstry’s troops should put all the necessary energies on the task at hand – Togo, and which to many a Ugandans is more accomplishable.
“Togo will present a different challenge from Rwanda but we don’t want to give them their rhythm in the game. If we do that, we shall be punished. We know both teams provide different challenges and we must get solutions. We know Togo will come into the game looking to improve as well but we feel that we have solutions for the game against Togo. The session on Thursday night will give us a true picture of what we want to do on Friday,” Mr Mckinstry told FUFA media Thursday afternoon.
Despite the challenge that lies ahead, the Northern Irishman is optimistic his side has the ability and confidence to outsmart its opponent.
” Togo plays differently from Rwanda. The boys look confident ahead of the match with Togo. We shall make small adjustments going into this game.”
The coach also confirmed forward Milton Karisa who was stretched out of the game against Rwanda just after spending about eleven minutes on the pitch will not be part of the team on Friday.
‘It is unfortunate that Karisa had to come out early in that game where we had a bright start against Rwanda. He had a good run during the Mini Tournament in Doula. The Medical team has done a wonderful job and will monitor the situation in the next few days.”
Although the Cranes welcome Captain Halid Lwaliwa, the coach asserted Karisa will be missed dearly. He however said his absence will offer others opportunity to showcase their ability.
“As we welcome back our captain Halid Lwaliwa, it is unfortunate that Karisa will not be available for selection on Friday. The medical team will keep assessing his fitness levels and report back. We shall miss him but it is an opportunity for others to step in and show what they can do’ said McKinstry after Wednesday’s training in Douala,” he said.
Morocco lead group C after one game with 3 points followed by Rwanda, Uganda with a point each and then Togo who lost 1-0 to table leaders with zero points.