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Cranes, Lone Stars geared for clash

Africa returns to World Cup qualifying action this weekend with Group J seeing Uganda, Senegal, Liberia and Angola all in action.

As pool leaders Senegal travel to Angola, Uganda will be hosting Liberia at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Saturday.

Mathematically, even bottom-placed Uganda can make it to the next round but it is the three teams above the Cranes that stand a better chance after three games played.

Cranes coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic has his work cut out as he takes charge of his first competitive game since replacing Bobby Williamson three weeks ago.

Anything but a win coupled with a Senegal victory in Luanda will all but end Uganda’s dream – officially.

“We shall take one game at a time,” Micho told SuperSport.com, adding, “Liberia is on Saturday and I hope our strategy works and we get a result we need.

“Look, we respect them (Liberia) as a team but more than respect them, we must have self-respect and to focus on our self.”

His Liberian counterpart, Frank Nagbe Jericho, expects a tough match and is hoping for a good game.

“Of course we are here to win and we shall set out to play a good game to win,” Jericho told supersport.com.

“It is always natural that a team down will always be more motivated because they want to come back,” added the 59-year-old coach.

Liberia beat Uganda 2-0 in the first leg with Patrick Wleh and Anthony Laffor scoring in Monrovia in March.

“So we expect Uganda to come at us looking for that first goal. We know it won’t be easy but we are ready for the challenge.”

With Denis Onyango suspended for this particular game, Micho is expected to start Abel Dhaira or Robert Odongkara in goal, Henry Kalungi and Andy Mwesigwa, in central defence and Denis Guma and Godfrey Walusimbi the full backs.

Emmauel Okwi and Geoffrey Massa are expected to lead the line with Geoffrey Kizito assured of holding midfield role. Liberian dangermen Laffor and Wleh should lead the line again for the visitors.

Cranes probable X1

Robert Odongkara, Denis Guma, Godfrey Walusimbi, Andy Mwesigwa, Henry Kalungi, Baba Kizito, Kizito Luwagga, Moses Oloya, Martin Mutumba, Geoffrey Massa, Emmanuel Okwi


Abel Dhaira, Joseph Ochaya, Nicholas Wadada, Isaac Isinde, Hassan Wasswa, Said Kyeyune, Hamis Kiiza, Dan Sserunkuma, Tonny Mawejje, Joseph Mpande, Boban Zirintusa

Fifa ranking

93 – Uganda

100 – Liberia

Previous encounters

2000 African Nations Cup qualifiers

January, 1999

Uganda 1-0 Liberia

June, 1999

Liberia 2-0 Uganda

2014 World Cup qualifiers

March, 2013

Liberia 2-0 Uganda


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