Cranes brace for Congo Brazaville

The Uganda Cranes team has stepped up preparations ahead of their last group E game in the Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Congo Brazzaville.

Under the watchful eyes of interim coach Moses Basena, the Cranes entered residential camp on Sunday and embarked on a two-session training schedule each day before they travel on November 10.

“We want to complete the qualifiers on a high note so that it helps us keep well motivated and also improve in the Fifa World rankings,” Basena said.

Cranes players applaud their fans after beating Egypt at Namboole last month

The Cranes, who face Congo Brazzaville on November 12, are second in the group with eight points, while Egypt who have already qualified for the World Cup have 12 points and the Black Stars of Ghana are on six points. Congo Brazzaville are bottom of the group with only two points.

Basena said since they have only lost 0-1 away to Egypt in the qualifiers, they want to complete on a high with their first win away from home. “We shall mix the team with home based players as we also prepare for the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup later this month and the 2018 Africa Nations Championship,” he added.

Skipper Denis Onyango, who was last week nominated for the African Player of the Year Award by the Confederation of African Football (Caf), said winning away in Congo will motivate them more. “We need to get to the habit of winning away from home so that it helps us build a winning mentality,” added Onyango.

After the away game, the Cranes are expected to start preparations for the 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup slated for November 25 to December 9 in Kakamega and Kisumu, Kenya .

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