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Preview: Uganda vs Congo Brazzaville

Uganda Cranes team. Onyango has been ruled out due to injury concerns

After a memorable Afcon qualification fete on 3rd September, viagra buy http://cbpa.com/wp-admin/includes/media.php Cranes now face another audacious task to rub shoulders with the Continent’s most powerful footballing nations in a bid to secure a 2018 world cup spot.

They face an unpredictable Congo Brazzaville on Saturday in the second match day.

Cranes fought hard to earn a blank draw in Ghana last month, page the Red Devils lost 2-1 to Egypt in Kintete despite Férébory Doré’s early 24th minute goal. Both teams have never been at the global stage.

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Head to Head

The two nations have met only six times in records since 1965 with each side taking an equal share of victories and loss with no draw.

The last time the two met was in the AFCON 2013 qualifiers. Congo won 3-1 in Pointe-Noire courtesy of Fabrice Ondama, Prince Oniangve and Mael Lepicier. Only the latter is currently absent.

Mike Sserumaga consoled Uganda.

Congo’s boat capsized in Kampala during the return leg when Mwesigwa, Walusimbi, Massa and Okwi scored each to mastermind a 4-0 thumping.

Massa’s memorable 63rd minute thunderous shot ‘miraculously penetrated’ the back of the net.

21 Jul 1965: Congo Brazzaville 2-1 Uganda
12 Nov 1965 Congo Brazzaville 2-1 Uganda
26 Jan 1973 Uganda 3-1 Congo Brazzaville
06 Mar 1978 Uganda 3-1 Congo Brazzaville
29 Feb 2012 Congo Brazzaville 3-1 Uganda
16 Jun 2012 Uganda 4-0 Congo Brazzaville

Form guide

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Congo Brazzaville- LWLLDD

Cranes enter the game at the back of a 1-0 loss to Zambia in buildup friendly.

However, one simple fact is that Uganda has not lost any of the past qualifiers preceded by a friendly.

In records, Uganda has won eight world cup qualifiers since 2000, drawing six and twelve losses translating to a 23% win rate.

The Cranes have not lost an opening home world cup qualifier since a 2-0 defeat against Angola in June 1996.

They have gone to beat DR Congo and Niger 1-0 in the subsequent games before pegging to a one all stalemate against Senegal in the road to Brazil.

The last world cup qualifier match was against Senegal September 7th 2013 in Marakech.

Sadio Mane’s 85th minute goal ended the country’s hope in a game Godfrey Walusimbi was shown matching orders.

Second choice keeper Robert Odogkaara was in goal with Onyango absent.

Team news.

First keeper Dennis Onyango is still nursing injury and coach Micho confirmed he won’t be part of the game.

Odonkara, Jamal, Ochan and Watenga are all in camp. Sweden based Ronald Mukiibi is likely to earn his debut in defense ahead of Isinde who was a bit calamitous against Zambia.

“None can under rate a team like Congo, they have been a formidable side under experienced coach Claude Le Roy and Pierre Lechantre is also a respectable coach,” Micho said.

Lechantre promised to pick results from Namboole and insists his side is fighting for the ultimate prize despite laying at the bottom.

“We are going to compete, it’s just one game played and five remaining. That’s a lot in football. We have to be positive in every game henceforth,” he said after loss to Egypt.

The Red Devils will miss the services of forward Thievy Bioufuma who picked up an injury last week.

First choice goalkeeper, Gildas Mougabi was also ruled out of the game after picking an injury in training on Thursday at Nakivubo stadium.

Possible cranes lineup: Odongkara, Wadada, Mukiibi, Ochaya, Mawejje, Aucho, Miya, Luwagga, Massa, Walusimbi

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