By Martin Kaddu
AFCON 2021 qualifiers
Group B Wednesday results
Uganda 0-0 Burkina Faso
South Sudan 0-1 Malawi
Uganda’s AFCON qualifying celebrations were postponed after a barren draw against Burkina Faso at the St Mary’s stadium in Kitende on Wednesday.
The result sealed Burkina Faso’s return to the tournament while Uganda and Malawi will fight for the remaining group B slot when the two sides meet in Malawi next Monday.
Burkina Faso leads the group with nine points, one ahead of second placed Uganda while Malawi who beat South Sudan comes third with three points.
Mathematically, South Sudan cannot qualify. In the post match press conference on Wednesday, Uganda’s Cranes coach Abdullah Mubiru expressed dissatisfaction with the result but was thankful to Allah for the point taken.
“I am happy with the players’ efforts and performance which is encouraging ahead of the Malawi game. We are looking for nothing less than victory away against Malawi,” noted Mubiru whose side will fly out to Malawi on Sunday on a chartered Uganda Airlines flight.
Team captain Denis Onyango was equally happy with the team’s performance and believes that qualification is still in their hands. “We played much better football and created more chances.
We still needed to get results in Malawi even if we won today. I think the ball is still in our hands and we must fight on. We need to do it ourselves, we need to play total football because it might cause more problems if we sit back but those are tactics for the coach. If we carry on the momentum from the Burkina Faso game, we shall get pleasant results against Malawi,” noted Onyango whose Uganda only seeks a point from the Malawi trip.
Uganda seeks to feature at the AFCON finals for the third straight time for the first time in history.=-