Uganda Cranes will hope that they maintain the good record against Taifa Stars of Tanzania when the two sides battle this afternoon at the 60,000 – seater National Stadium in the first leg of the 2014 CHAN qualifier.
The hosts are hoping to get a good win in the first leg before traveling to Uganda for the second leg in two weeks. The last time the two sides met in the same stadium in 2011 in the Cecafa Challenge Cup semi final, the game ended 0-0 before the hosts won 5-4 on penalty shoot-outs.
With the hosts fielding almost their entire team playing in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, they hold a better advantage on paper against Uganda Cranes who only have two senior players on the team.
But Ugandan coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic after having his squad practice on the pitch on Friday said his boys are rearing to go. He said Uganda’s Cranes would capitalize on the “fear” Tanzanians have for Uganda to beat them on their home turf.
Skipper Hassan Mawanda Wasswa will lead the Ugandan team together with another experienced defender Denis Iguma, while Taifa Stars will have goalkeeper Juma Kaseja lead the team.
Kim Poulsen, the Tanzania coach told said that they are out to get a comfortable win. He however insisted the Ugandan team leave the stadium on Friday evening before he started taking his team through the drills.
Ugandan goalkeeper Hamza Muwonge who was part of the team that played in the 2011 CHAN competition in Sudan said he is hungry to make it to next year’s event as well and they will work as a team to eliminate Tanzania.