Today (Live On SS4/UBC, 8PM) Uganda vs. Morocco Burkina Faso vs. Zimbabwe
Group B leaders Uganda Cranes today look to hope to overcome Morocco in the tentative decisive fixture against Morocco and make the first ever Africa Nations Championship quarterfinal t the Cape Town Stadium.
Cranes Head Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s team is top of the Group with four points and only need a draw to qualify for the last eight. “We shall not take Morocco for granted because we know they will be looking for a win,” said Micho.
The Coach said that although he respects Morocco as a team, his boys are well prepared to fulfill one of their missions of qualifying for the quarters.
“We know what to expect against the North Africans, but we shall contain them,” added the Coach.In their last meeting in 2011 at the Marrakech Stadium, Uganda defeated Morocco 1-0 in the LG Cup. But the Moroccans who outplayed Burkina Faso in their second Group game but were poor at finishing will be out to make amends against Uganda.
Although the Ugandan Coach has said he will not change his team much, he could call on veteran attacking midfielder Vincent Kayizzi to boost the attack.
Reports from the team hotel in Cape Town disclose that Said Kyeyune, who has yet to start a game for the team here, could play a crucial part alongside Hassan Wasswa , Denis Guma and Ivan Ntege to patrol the midfield while teenage sensation Yunus Sentamu is still struggling with a knock he suffered in the last game against Zimbabwe.
But the Moroccan Coach, Hassan Benabicha has said after the disappointing draw with Burkina Faso, he has told his boys that the last Group game will be like a final.
“We have to show our true character and play like it’s a final. We need to improve on our finishing because we have been creating many chances, but failing to convert.Brahim El Bahri is the only player to score for the Atlas Lions at the tournament, but the likes of Issam Erraki, Mohsine Moutaouali and Abdelkbir El Ouadi will be called upon to take responsibility to hunt for goals.
A draw or a win will favour Uganda to make history and qualify for the last eight, while Morocco can also qualify if they draw 0-0 and the Burkina Faso-Zimbabwe game ends in the same score.
Hosts South Africa eliminated
Nigeria again proved the bogey team for Bafana as they finished second behind leaders Mali with six points from three matches. South Africa went down 3-1 to the Super Eagles in their last CHAN match on Saturday and crash out of the tournament in spectacular fashion.They will now face the winners of Group B, which as it stands now are Uganda, in the quarterfinals on Sunday in Manguang, Free States.
Coach Stephen Keshi has showered encomiums on his players for the all-important victory on Sunday in Cape Town.
“It’s all down to the players. I must commend them for a job well done, they fought like a wounded lion,” Keshi saluted.
“I am grateful to the boys for victory. They want to stay in the competition and they know the only way to achieve that is to beat South Africa, which they did.”
Man of the Match Ejike Uzoenyi said he believes in the team and says they hope to continue to improve as the competition progresses.
“I believe in this team, we are strong mentally and we will get better with each game,” he said.
“Our loss to Mali (in the first game) was a mistake.
“It a good thing that we won the game. Our confidence has grown since the victory in the second game (vs Mozambique) and we came into this game with determination to win.”
Group B Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts Uganda 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 4 Morocco 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 Zimbabwe 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 Burkina Faso 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1