Uganda Cranes goalkeeper and skipper Dennis Onyango has said they will not need favours from anyone to qualify for the Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Onyango said their last Group B game away to Malawi means a lot to the team and they must take it like a final. Uganda Cranes were held to a goalless draw by Burkina Faso on Thursday at the St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
While the Stallions qualified for the AFCON, Onyango’s team must wait for their deciding game against Malawi on Monday. But the experienced goalkeeper has made it clear they must go and play total football in Malawi to get the results. “We must play total football and avoid sitting back because if we do so we could get problems,” he added.
Onyango who features for South African reigning League champions Mamelodi Sundowns made it clear that they will not need favours from anyone to qualify, but to do themselves a favor as a team and finish the job in Malawi.
“It is still in our hands and we need to fight harder. I think if we carry on the momentum from the game against Burkina Faso, we shall get positive results on Monday,” added Onyango.
Midfielder Taddeo Lwanga also made it clear that they are very focused for the game on Monday. “We are working hard to make sure we qualify on Monday,” added Lwanga who plies his trade in Tanzania with giants Simba SC.
While Burkina Faso with 9 points have already qualified before their last Group B match, Uganda are second with 8 points, while Malawi have 7 points and South Sudan 3. Malawi will need to defeat Uganda by three goals or more to qualify for the AFCON.
In their last meeting in 2019 Uganda defeated the Malawi Flames 2-0 with Emmanuel Okwi and Fahad Bayo scoring.
Uganda are chasing qualification for their third straight AFCON after playing in the 2017 (Gabon) and 2019 in Egypt where they managed to reach the last 16 losing to eventual runners-up Senegal.
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