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AFCON 2019 Q: Kenya scars fresh in Onyango’s mind ahead of East African derby

FOOTBALL | They say once beaten, twice shy. Well that is the adage that is running through Uganda Cranes skipper Denis Onyango’s mind as the team prepares for a tough showdown against Tanzania in a bid to garner points to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Fresh in Onyango’s mind is the failed 2012 Afcon qualifying campaign when Uganda failed to break a resilient Kenya in the final match to qualify for the continental showpiece.

The match ended in tears for the Ugandans who totally failed to score just a single goal past an excellent Arnold origin.

Though Tanzania is ranked 140, 58 places below Uganda, Onyango picks important lessons from the match and warns his side to take care of the match early enough.

“Tanzania has not been qualifying to the AFCON but that doesn’t mean they’re a weak side. We beat Cape Verde which I think is the strongest team in the group but this is an East African derby that has more to play for. We remember what Kenya did to us here so we have to be careful because we know what they can do. So, we have to take care of the match early enough,” Onyango told the media.

The captain, just like head coach Sebastian Desabre, has promised good football especially with the excellent state of the Namboole stadium playing turf.

“We are well prepared for the match because we know what the nation expects of us. The pitch is in a very good state because the stadium management has maintained it well so fans should expect entertaining football from us but most important, we need the results.”

Cranes possible XI

As usual, Onyango is expected to maintain his spot in between the post with Murshid Jjuuko and Hassan Waswa providing cover. Newly-signed Kaizer Chiefs left-back Godfrey Walusimbi mans the left side and Nicholas Wadada takes the right ahead of Denis Iguma.

Tadeo Lwanga is likely to sit in front of the centre-backs as Farouk Miya, Luwagga Kizito and Danish-based Moses Opondo create the chances for Emmanuel Okwi and Derrick Nsibambi.

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