Lesotho must fall

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By ANDREW MWANGUHYA

The home drive was supposed to begin when Tanzania’s Taifa Stars came town last month.
But the southern neighbours had other ideas, sniffling out any attempts by the Uganda Cranes to hold a parade on them.
Actually, the Tanzanians were even about to steal it all when star Mbwana Samatta escaped through only for Cranes skipper Denis Onyango to stop him.
Such defiance at the back and renewed drive from the middle to attack is what Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre will demand from his boys as the Frenchan continues search for his first competitive victory.
“We are aware of what is at stake and we are not taking Lesotho lightly,” said Cranes midfielder Sadam Juma.
“We have watched a few of their videos and we have an idea of how they play.
“We shall try to limit their capabilities and work on our strength. Everyone in camp is positive and we know what is expected of us.”

Driving statistic
The Cranes have not failed to win two games at home in the last four Afcon editions, a statistic that should drive them on this afternoon.
With Desabre’s men drawing goalless his first competitive game at home with Tanzania, this one against Lesotho has somewhat seen its stakes raise. They welcome the top scorers (with two goals) in Group L, but the table leaders – Uganda – will count on the home crowd to get their home campaign off the mark in earnest.

UGANDA AT HOME
LAST FOUR QUALIFYING EDITIONS
Afcon 2012 qualifiers
Uganda 3-0 Angola
Uganda 2-0 Guinea Bissau
Uganda 0-0 Kenya

Afcon 2013 (home and away playoffs)

Afcon 2015 qualifiers
Uganda 2-0 Guinea
Uganda 0-1 Togo
Uganda 1-0 Ghana

Afcon 2017 qualifiers
Uganda 2-0 Botswana
Uganda 0-0 Burkina Faso
Uganda 1-0 Comoros

Afcon 2019 qualifiers
Uganda 0-0 Tanzania
Uganda vs. Lesotho
Uganda vs. Cape Verde

TV GAMES ON SUPERSPORT TV – SATURDAY
Uganda vs. Lesotho (SS9, 4PM)
South Africa vs. Seychelles (SS4/10, 4PM)
Mozambique vs. Namibia (SS7, 6PM)
Nigeria vs. Libya (SS9, 6PM)
DR Congo vs. Zimbabwe (SS9, 8.30PM)
TOMORROW, OCTOBER 14
Kenya vs. Ethiopia (SS9, 4PM)
Guinea-Bissau vs. Zambia (SS9, 7PM)
Mozambique vs. Namibia (SS7, 6PM)

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