AFCON 2017 Group D Qualifier: Uganda Cranes Vs Comoros

  • Sunday, 4th September 2016 – Nelson Mandela National Stadium, Namboole – Kampala (5 p.m)
  • Live updates on Kawowo Sports (Facebook page & Twitter Handle)

Uganda Cranes head coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic has named an attack minded side to face the ‘Les Coelecantes’ from Comoros in the deciding AFCON 2017 group D qualifier on Sunday.

The match takes place at the 42,000 seater Nelson Mandela National Stadium with a victory for Uganda Cranes sealing a slot to the Africa footballing fiesta in over 38 years.

Mamelodi Sundowns goalie Dennis Masendi Onyango passes a late fitness test and starts in between the goal posts at the expense of El Merriekh goalkeeper Salim Jamal.

Vipers’ skipper Nicholas Wadada and KCCA MVP Joseph Ochaya are two players on the starting eleven that play in the domestic league.

Wadada starts at right back, replacing Dennis Iguma who is suspended and Ochaya take the left back role.

St George defender Isaac Isinde will partner Simba Sports club calm sweeper Murushid Jjuuko at the heart of the central defense.

It is a fully packed midfield consisting of Baroka new catch Aucho Khalid, Throutter’s Tonny Mawejje and a half nine roving player – Farouk Miya, currently playing at Standard Liege in Belgium.

Midfielder Tonny Mawejje is the pillar in the middle of the pack alongside Aucho Khalid

The two wide men are William Luwagga Kizito of Rio Ave in Portugal and Russia’s Kuban Kranodor winger Moses Oloya.

Baroka football club newly acquired striker Geofrey Massa leads the line.

Massa is also the team captain for Uganda Cranes.

New Baroka center forward Geofrey Massa leads the line for Uganda Cranes against Comoros

The bench is rich with plenty of options with game changing alternatives.

El Merriekh shot stopper Jamal Salim Magoola is the reserve goalkeeper.

Other options on the bench are; Nicholas Wadada, Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Yunus Sentamu, Godfrey Walusimbi, Ivan Ntege and Dannish based Emmanuel Okwi.

The ‘Les Coelecantes’ head coach Abdou Amir ed dine is expected to name quite a different line up from the one that lost to Uganda away in the first leg.

Match officials:

Senegalese FIFA referee, Malang Diedhiou is the match center referee and he will be assisted by countrymen Djibril Camara and El Hadji Malick Samba who are the first and second assistant referees respectively.

The match kicks off at 5 p.m with live updates on Kawowo Sports face book and twitter handles.

The state of the ground could be slippery after the early rains in Kampala and the surrounding areas.

Uganda Cranes XI: Denis Onyango (G.K), Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Ochaya, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Jjuuko, Khalid Aucho, Tonny Mawejje, Moses Oloya, Geoffrey Massa (Captain), Farouk Miya and William Luwagga Kizito

Substitutes: Jamal Salim (G.K), Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Yunus Sentamu, Godfrey Walusimbi, Ivan Ntege, Emmanuel Okwi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda

Comoros XI:

Ali Hamada (G.K), Abdou Nadsm, Fouad Bachirou, Mohamed El Fardou, Yousseouf Mchangama, Bakar Djamel, Ahamada Kassim, Ahamadi Kombo, Ben Youssouf, Chamed Nasser, Youssouf Madi

Substitutes: Mze Ali Ancoub, Mohamed Al Kane, Cheika Houmadi, Omar Mbaranza, Ali Mmadi, Clement Daoudoo

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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