.U-23 Afcon qualifiers
South Sudan Vs. Uganda Kobs
At Juba National Stadium
(Kobs lead 1-0 from the first leg )
Uganda Kobs take a slim one goal cushion into their return leg of the U-23 Afcon preliminary qualifier against South Sudan in Juba on Tuesday.
Wasswa Bbosa’s boys drew first blood in the two legged encounter courtesy of a Mustapha Kizza stoppage time penalty to set-up a nervy return leg for the Ugandans.
A contingent of 18 players and officials jetted out on Monday morning for Juba with Coach Wasswa Bbosa including the new faces of Alex Komakech and Ashraf Mugume who replaced David Owori and Ronald Kingogo respectively.
Certainly, Kobs were far from impressive in the first leg as the South Sudanese put in an almost flawless display until the dying embers of of the game, and Wasswa Bbosa’s side will need to up their ante if they to get a result to see them through.
“We didn’t play as expected at home but the good thing we are one goal up against our opponents. We fancy our chances and I am confident the boys will do what is enough for us to go through.”
Wasswa Bbosa will hope his strikers Joel Madondo and Steven Mukwala, who fired blanks in the first leg raise to occasion in the search for goals.
The Kobs will be wary of towering striker Makueth Wol Akeen Nguet who turns out for UPL side Mbarara City.
With his lanky structure, he troubled the Kob’s defense at Lugogo and came close to scoring only to be denied by a last gasp tackle by Bashir Asiku.
The successful winner on aggregate will face Tunisia at the next stage of the qualifiers as the main finals in 2019, hosted by Egypt.
Uganda Cranes team in South Sudan:
Goalkeepers: Tom Ikara, Saidi Keni
Defenders: Musitafa Mujuzi, Mustafa Kizza, Geoffrey Wasswa, Rashid Toha, Bashir Asiku, Alex Komakech
Midfielders: Ashiraf Mugume, Lawrence Bukenya, Shafik Kuchi Kagimu, Allan Okello, Julius Poloto, Joseph Junior Semujju, Ezekiel Duncan Sseninde,
Forwards: Joel Madondo, Steven Desse Mukwala, Trevor Ssemakula