Somalia national football team assistant Coach James Magala has tipped Uganda Kobs to edge Rwanda’s counterpart and advance in the 2016 Olympic Qualifiers.
The two face off in the first leg at Amahoro stadium, Kigali this weekend before a return match seven days later in Kampala.
Though Rwanda beat Somalia 3-1 on aggregate, Magala believes they are not good enough to eliminate The Kobs though he warns that it won’t be a walk in the park.
“I think Uganda will go through but not without a struggle,” he stated before warning the Kobs of Rwanda’s physical game.
“They play a physical game but they are tactically naïve. They love playing the long balls and their fullbacks are always in support of the wingers,” he added.
Asked where their weakness lies, the ex-Express FC goalie said they are slow in attack.
“Their attacking play is slow though they are not short of skillful players upfront. The Kobs must play a high tempo game.”
Magala is the head of Somalia Goalkeeper development, national team goalkeeper trainer as well as the assistant coach.
Rwanda beat Somalia 2-0 in Kigali in the first leg before grinding out a 1-1 draw away in Djibouti where they hosted their game.
The winner between Uganda and Rwanda will face Egypt at the next hurdle.