Uganda Crane’s coach Sebastien Desabre made two changes to his squad for their last group A game when they lost 2-0 to Egypt.
From the line up that recorded a 1-1 draw to Zimbabwe, Patrick Kaddu and Ronald Mukiibi were dropped for Allan Kyambadde and Timothy Awany Ronald Mukiibi in the Egypt game.
In all Uganda’s three matches in this year’s tournament, only a total of three changes to their starting lineups has been made.
With just hours to their knock out encounter against trophy favourites Senegal, coach Desabre has a huge task ahead of him to decide who will make it to his first eleven.
During his post-match conferences, Desabre confirmed that Uganda’s number one goalie in Dennis Onyango is fit to play Senegal thus there is no doubt he will lineup in goal for cranes.
In number two, Desabre will be looking to bring back his composed defender in Bevis Mugabi, Nicholas Wadada looked fairly good against Egypt but the former has been the most preferred for this year’s tournament.
Geoffrey Walusimbi will retain his position in number three. He has played all Uganda’s games in this tournament so no one would think it’s the best time for him to be rested.
The return of Murushid Jjuuko for this clash will be much considered by Desabre.
He was out of their last two games after picking up a knock against DR Congo in their group opener.
In his absence, the Cranes have struggled to find a replacement and have conceded three goals in two games.
Uganda’s impactful defender and assistant captain will maintain his place in defence for the Cranes. No one beats his leadership qualities in defence.
Desabre will also be looking to move on with newfound strong midfield partnership in Mike Azira and Khalid Aucho. The two have featured in all the Crane’s games in this AFCON.
Emmanuel Okwi and Abdu Lumala have been influential players in all Uganda’s matches with the former scoring two goals of their three tournament goals – at the moment they have seemed irreplaceable.
Despite his wasteful set pieces that cost his side against Egypt, Farouk Miya is still Desabre’s most preferred player for the number 10 role and will probably maintain his place.
After recording more chances than the Pharaohs in their previous game but no one could convert, Desabre will be looking to bring back his most trusted striker in Patrick Kaddu to lead Uganda’s line.
By John Dalton Kigozi