By Martin Kaddu
AFCON 2021 qualifiers: Uganda vs Burkina Faso on Wednesday – March 24 – 2021 in Kitende, 4 PM
Coach Abdullah Mubiru is confident that he will have a winning start to his second spell as interim Uganda Cranes coach.
Uganda is hosting Burkina Faso this Wednesday in the AFCON 2021 group B qualifier at the St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende.
The Police FC tactician is not new at Kitende, having been the Vipers SC head coach in 2016/17 and also deputizing Johnathan McKinstry as Cranes beat South Sudan 1-0 in the second last qualifier tie at the same venue courtesy of Halid Lwaliwa’s header.
“We have prepared well and the players are in good shape. Everyone is willing to die for his country so as to earn maximum points that will enable us to return to the AFCON finals for the third consecutive time. This is a very vital fixture and we are ready to bring national pride,” noted Mubiru who has 29 of the 31 players he summoned.
Khalid Aucho was suspended by FUFA from the camp over indiscipline cases while Wycombe-based Karl Anthony Uchechukwu Mubiru Ikpeazu withdrew from the squad.
Mubiru, who was the interim coach as the Cranes qualified for CHAN, will have to assess Abdul Lumala, Fahad Bayo, Timothy Awany, and Allan Kyambadde’s fitness levels.
Israel-based Awany, Bayo, and Luwagga arrived late on Tuesday and had no chance to train with the squad while Captain Denis Onyango had a warm-up.
Mubiru came to the driving seat after FUFA asked the Northern Ireland tactician to step aside following unpleasant results from CHAN 2020 in Cameroon.
Uganda will play Malawi away in the last fixture three days after Burkina Faso encounter. The Cranes sit second on table with 7 points, one below Burkina Faso ahead of the last two campaign games.