By Spy Uganda
Uganda Cranes go into Friday’s encounter against neighbours Tanzania oozing with confidence.
Since the team pitched camp in Ismailia, Egypt, the camp in the mood has been lively and everyone is geared towards the crucial encounter.
The Cranes are well aware that the double header against Taifa Stars of Tanzania provide chance to get the qualification campaign back to the rails.
Having picked a point in the first two games, positive results off Tanzania will offer a good chance of returning to the coveted continental showpiece.
Coach Milutin Sredojevic is aware of what is at stake and indicates his charges are ready.
“We have done so much behind the scenes for close to nine months to make sure we get good results against Tanzania,” he started before adding,
“I believe that we are mentally ready, physically fit, technically effective and tactically aware. Playing in a derby means you must be at your best because such games are determined by small margins.”
Captain Emmanuel Okwi is equally braced for the challenge ahead and he is full of confidence that together with his teammates will make the country proud.
“First of all I have to thank God because the preparations have gone on really well. As a captain I’m impressed with the players, the efforts they are putting on to get ready for this game. The players are really ready for tomorrow’s game in order to get the required results so that we give Ugandans the joy that they deserve.” He said.
After Friday’s game, Tanzania and Uganda will face off again four days later at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.