Morocco Vs Uganda – Cape Town stadium @ 8.00pm Live SS4
Uganda Cranes will be out to try and seal a quarter final berth when they face the Atlas Lions of Morocco in their last group B game of the Africa Nations Championship at Cape Town stadium on Monday.
The Cranes sit top of the group with four points two ahead of Morocco and Zimbabwe who are tied on two points.
Uganda beat Burkina Faso 2-1 and drew goal less with Zimbabwe and need at least a point against Morocco to reach the last eight for the first time in the history of the competition.
On the other hand, pre-tournament group B favourites are yet to register any victory having drawn their two opening matches (0-0 Vs Zimbabwe and 1-1 Vs Burkina Faso).
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.
Cranes Coach Micho Sredojevic is wary of the threat posed by the North Africans but says his boys know what to expect and only aim at reaching the quarters.
“We shall not take Morocco for granted because we know they will be looking for a win. We know what to expect against the North Africans, but we shall contain them,” Micho told the local media.
The Serbian Coach is expected to make two changes from the side that held Zimbabwe with Nicholas Wadada making his first start at right back after recovering from an injury suffered prior to the tournament. The Vipers SC defender was a second half substitute for Julius Ntambi against the Warriors and is expected to take over from kick off this time round.
Experienced winger Vincent Kayizzi is also expected to return to the team after missing out on the Zimbabwe draw. This will imply relegating Francis Olaki to the bench.
Uganda and Morocco last met in 2011 in the LG Cup hosted by the latter with Cranes edging the hosts 1-0.
A draw or victory will be enough for Uganda while Morocco needs to win. However, if Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe draw goal less in the other game of the group, any draw for Morocco against Uganda will ensure they also reach the quarter finals.