By Martin Kaddu
AFCON 2021 qualifiers: Uganda vs Burkina Faso on Wednesday – March 24 – 2021 in Kitende, 4 PM
Morocco-based striker Patrick Henry Kaddu believes he can replicate the performance he put up about two years ago if given a chance to play against Burkina Faso this Wednesday.
Uganda is set to host Burkina Faso at the St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende in a Group B encounter of the 2021 AFCOB qualifiers.
Kaddu is much remembered for the only goal of the match against Cape Verde in 2018 that sealed Cranes’ qualification to the AFCON 2019 finals in Egypt.
Howvere, the striker who features for Morocco’s Youssoufia Berrechid on loan from RS Berkane, has not been summoned to the Cranes since the 2019 AFCON finals.
“I am happy to return to the Cranes squad. It is every player’s dream to play for the Cranes. I want to promise to do my best like I did in 2018 to see Uganda qualify. What is important though is the team result and not me as a person. We are going to work as a unit and the team is in high spirits,” noted the former KCCA and Maroons FC striker who made his Cranes debut in 2018 during the 2019 AFCON qualifiers against Tanzania.
Kaddu, who is famous for his monkey dance goal celebration, will have to compete for a starting place with other forwards including Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Ittihad Alexandria, Egypt), Fahad Bayo (Sport Club Ironi Ashdod, Israel), Sentamu Yunus (Vipers SC-Uganda), and Isiagi Daniel (Jomo Cosmos-South Africa).
With 8 points, Burkina Faso leads the group B while Uganda is second after 4 games. Malawi and South Sudan come third and fourth with 4 and 3 points respectively.
A win for Uganda puts it in the driving seat ahead of the final round of qualification whilst possibility of qualification with victory if Malawi and South Sudan share spoils in the other group fixture.