CHAN 2018 Qualifiers (1st round, 1st leg):
Friday, 14th July 2017: South Sudan Vs Uganda Cranes
Juba Stadium (4:30 p.m)
South Sudan head coach Felix Bilal Kumuyange is expected to line up a formidable line up when the Bright Stars host Uganda Cranes in the first leg of the 2018 CHAN Qualifiers at the Juba stadium.
Kumuyange told the South Sudan media that he intends to name an attack minded line up in the first round encounter.
“We need a decent result at home for a realistic chance of qualifying to the next round. I have a few experienced players whom I think can do the job. We respect the Uganda Cranes but we are ready for challenge,” Kumuyange told the local media.
Kator football club towering striker James Joseph Saeed Moga as well as Merriek forward Leon Khamis Uso are two center forwards that the Bright Stars can confidently build on.
The last time Uganda faced South Sudan in Juba was in 2012 when both countries shared the spoils in a two all draw at the Juba stadium.
Uganda Cranes traveled to Juba on Thursday morning aboard Rwanda Air on flight WB 434.
They checked in at Juba Land Mark Hotel before conducting a final training session at the Juba stadium.
Cranes head coach Milutin Sredojevic took with him an offensive minded squad comprising of on form KCCA center forwards Derrick Nsibambi, captain Geofrey Sserunkuma, Milton Karisa and Paul Mucureezi.
Also at his disposal are attacking midfielders Muzamil Mutyaba, Shafiq Kagimu and Tom Masiko with marauding wingers Isaac Muleme, Brian Majwega and Nico Wakiro Wadada.
Months ago, Micho warned against complacency for one of FIFA’s newest member associations.
“South Sudan football has developed in the right path and gradually. We shall respect but not over respect. We need to take the game seriously,” Micho told the media in Kampala.
The return leg will take place at the Star Times stadium in Lugogo, Kampala on Saturday, 22nd July 2017.
The winner on aggregate will play either Tanzania or Kenya in the second round for the final slot of the tournament in Kenya, 2018.
Uganda has played at three CHAN tournaments in 2012, 2014 and lately 2016 in Sudan, South Africa and Rwanda respectively.
CHAN is a tournament that is only eligible for locally licenced players in the respective domestic leagues.
South Sudan team:
Goalkeepers: Kennedy Santaralino Tambi (Kator), David Alfred Orbano (Hilal), Robert Joseph (Salam), Daniel Khamis (Gudele)
Defenders: Yassir Khamis Celestino (Kator), Zacharia Scopas Woro (Atlabara), Omot Sebit (Merriek), Gabriel Machol Luka (Merriek), Farouq Tajal Din Mohammed (Malakia), Salah Abubakare (Salam), Abdu Awad Lemi (Rabita)
Midfielders: Robert Wulube Duku (Atlabara), Peter Chol Bentiu (Kator), Peter Timothy Dusman (Atlabara), Daniel Boki Oliver (Kator), John Albino Ajak (Atlabara), Sebit Ajak (Atlabara), James Jak (Atlabara), Emmanuel Thomas Lumari (Amarat), James Anei (Salam), Muroan Alnour (Ghazalla)
Strikers: Stephen John Samson (Hilal), Joseph Celestine Ayuru (Rabita), James Joseph Saeed Moga (Kator), Khamis Leon Uso (Merriek), Musa Younis Abdulrahman (Merriek)
Head coach: Felix Bilal Kumuyange
Uganda Cranes team:
Goalkeepers: Isma Watenga and Ken Saidi
Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada, Dennis Timothy Awanyi, Benard Muwanga, Savio Kabugo, Paul Musamali and John Adiriko
Midfielders: Deus Bukenya, Muzamil Mutyaba, Tom Masiko, Isaac Muleme, Brian Majwega and Shafiq Kagimu
Strikers: Geofrey Serunkuma, Paul Mucurezi, Derrick Nsibambi, Milton Kariisa