Uganda soccer fans admit beating Zimbabwe “will be hard”
FANS of the Uganda national soccer team, known as the Cranes, have admitted that beating Zimbabwe in the Afcon 2019 Group A match will be hard, despite their head coach Sebastien Desabre insisting Zimbabwe were the “unlucky” team that will be easily knocked out of the group.
Zimbabwe beat Uganda 2-0 in their last meeting in June 2016. Presently, Zimbabwe are ranked 102 while Uganda are on 79 on the latest Fifa rankings.
The Cranes are in group ‘A’ along- side Egypt, DR Congo and Zimbabwe, with the tournament opener pitting Zimbabwe and the host nation Egypt on Friday 21 June.
Collin Subika, a Uganda football fan, told the Uganda Observer that he is a bit afraid for The Cranes.
Subika said that at the 2017 Afcon, Zimbabwe scored four goals in the group stages despite being knocked out from a group that had Tunisia, Algeria and Senegal.
“Zimbabwe is an attacking side, that scored nine and conceded four goals to top their qualification group ahead of DR Congo, Liberia and Congo-Brazzaville.
“The other teams have more quality than The Cranes across, particularly in attack. In addition, the lack of activity among several foreign-based Cranes players in recent months, puts Uganda at a disadvantage.”
From a competitive point of view, Subika is not confident of The Cranes prospects this June in Egypt, following the draw.
As for DR Congo, The Cranes last played them in 2004, in a 2006 World Cup qualifier, which Uganda lost 0-4.
Former Cranes defender Timothy Batabaire said: “If we pick a result in our first game against DR Congo, it will set us up nicely for a good tournament.”
Another former international, Paul Mukatabala, The Cranes can match any of these teams, because of the good team spirit and unity built over time. On the other hand, Collin Subika, a football fan, intimated that he is a bit afraid for The Cranes.
|June 21||Egypt vs Zimbabwe||10pm||Cairo International Stadium|
|June 22||DR Congo vs Uganda||3:30pm||Cairo International Stadium|
|June 26||Egypt vs DR Congo||9pm||Cairo International Stadium|
|June 26||Uganda vs Zimbabwe||6pm||Cairo International Stadium|
|June 30||Uganda vs Egypt||8pm||Cairo International Stadium|
|June 30||Zimbabwe vs DR Congo||8pm||Cairo International Stadium|