Today, Group B
Zimbabwe vs. Uganda, Athlone Stadium, 6pm
Burkina Faso vs. Morocco, 9pm
Head TO Head
Uganda vs Zimbabwe
Games won: 4
Games drawn: 7
Games lost: 2
Uganda Cranes head the Athlone Stadium on today evening targeting nothing less than victory against Zimbabwe in order to book a place in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Africa Nations Championship.
“We need to play like we don’t even have a point yet, because every game is a final here,” Micho said.
The Cranes lead Group B with three points, while Zimbabwe and Morocco, who drew 0-0, are tied on a point each.
“It will not be an easy game, but the team that will get certain small aspects right will carry the day. Zimbabwe is a good side and almost play the blend of football we play,” added the coach.
And its no secret that Micho is comfortable with Uganda playing the-underdog going into tonight’s game; “Wait until we win a second game then we shall not be underdogs anymore,” said the coach.
He said beating Burkina Faso, who are way ahead of Uganda in the FIFA world rankings, was a big boost to the confidence of his players.
Micho said that when you look at the other 15 teams in the competition, Uganda is not the strongest on paper and has few players who have been exposed internationally.
Two-goal hero against Burkina Faso, Junior Yunus Sentamu, has also promised to get more goals in the tournament.
“I am enjoying my first outing with the national team and am eager to shine with more goals,” said the 19-year-old.
Uganda’s attack of Sentamu, Brian Majwega and veteran Vincent Kayizzi is not likely to change and defender Savio Kabugo, who picked a knock in the first game, passed a fitness test and will be available for selection.
The two countries actually have faced off 13 times, with Uganda triumphing on four occasions and Zimbabwe twice.
Victory for Micho’s troops will guarantee maximum six points from two games while a draw will still leave Uganda in a healthy state to progress.
Ian Gorowa, the Zimbabwe coach, thinks his team is now ready to play better football after drawing with the fancied Morocco in the opening game.
“It is good the boys have now cooled their nerves and now know that they cannot afford to suffer defeat in the second game if they hope to progress,” said the former Ajax Cape Town assistant coach.
Skipper Partson Jaure, who warned Uganda Cranes early this week, said they will need to get early goals.
“We have not scored yet in this tournament and picking up an early goal will drive us even more,” said Jaure.
Industrious midfielder Donald Ngoma and Mamelodi Sundowns target Kudakwashe Mahachi will be the stars to watch against Uganda Cranes.
Cranes probable team
Benjamin Ochan, Julius Ntambi, Isaac Muleme, Richard Kasagga, Savio Kabugo, Ivan Ntege, Vicent Kayizzi, Hassan Wasswa, Denis Guma, Brian Majwega, Yunus Sentamu
Isma Watenga, Kimera Ali, Ronnie Kiseka, Nicholas Wadada, Martin Mpuga, Said Kyeyune,Allan Kyambade, Yasser Mugerwa, Joseph Mpande, Asiku Crespo, Olaki Francis, Simon Okwi Simon, Francis Olaki