AFCON 2019: Can Uganda surprise trophy favourites Senegal
AFCON 2019: Can Uganda surprise trophy favourites Senegal

Uganda is set to play Senegal today at Cairo International stadium in the last 16 of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations.

”We are focused to come strongly against Senegal. Like we played against DR Congo & Egypt, the team is coherent and positive. We trained well and I believe my team is motivated to play at this stage” said Desabre on his pre-match conference.

The Cranes will be looking to win this encounter knowing that it is the only way they can prolong their stay in this year’s campaign.

A victory against DR Congo in their group opener laid the foundation for their first appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations knockout rounds since 1978, a year they finished runners up.

Uganda’s formidable strength has been from set pieces with two of all their three tournament goals coming from headers.

Emmanuel Okwi is the player to watch for the Cranes, he has scored two of Uganda’s three tournament goals – both from within the six-yard box.

With just one win in their last six AFCON fixtures (W1, D2, L3), Uganda will be considered big underdogs here.

None of those aforementioned six games featured more than two goals and its now four in a row where precisely two match goals have been scored. Notably, 83.33% of their goals this campaign have come during half time.

In contrast to their opponents, Senegal has seen 83.33% of their match goals arrive after the break Senegal who is also the visitors for this clash has dominated possession in all their three matches keeping the ball 61% of the time on average.

They have also been awarded 5.67 corners on average per match. The west African based side has also been good in frustrating opponents.

All teams that have come up against them have been shown an average of 3.33 yellow cards and one red card.

Senegalese star forward Sadio Mane who is also their top scorer in this campaign on two goals will be looking to convert more two to become the country’s third all the time joint scorer.

Despite being one of the pre-tournament favourites, Senegal has never won this tournament before but have secured two-quarter final appearances and a semi-final since their second-place finishes in 2002.

They enter this match with high spirits after winning 3-0 in their final group game stage match- the joint the second biggest win of the group stage.

By John Dalton Kigozi