The two teams will clash in the knock out stage at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo. Defending champions Kenya will battle the tournament’s surprise package Eritrea in the first semi final.
head coach Juma Mgunda has warned Uganda Cranes ahead of the two teams face-off
in the second semi final of the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on Tuesday.
teams will clash in the knock out stage at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.
Defending champions Kenya will battle the tournament’s surprise package Eritrea
in the first semi final.
Group A in the regional tournament with four wins and 12 points, while Tanzania
came second in Group B winning against Zanzibar, drawing against Sudan and
losing to Kenya.
“We know how
we are going to approach the Uganda game. We know home support will be to their
advantage, but we shall handle them well,” Mgunda told URN.
said although his team started the tournament on a losing note to Kenya, the
players have steadily picked up. “I am happy that we are getting the right form
at the best time when it is knock out,” added the coach.
it clear that it will be very important to get early goals against Uganda because
they have all the home advantage. “We respect Uganda, but we are ready for
them,” added skipper and goalkeeper Aishi Salum Manula.
head coach Jonathan McKinstry has made it clear that his players must also be
at their best in the semi finals. “I am happy that the players have expressed
themselves well going forward and we have conceded only one goal through the
Group stage,” added McKinstry.
however made it clear that there could be a change in approach since this is
the knock out stage.
Last year Uganda and Tanzania drew in Kampala 0-0 before Tanzania beat Uganda 3-0 in Dar es Salaam in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.
Musonye, the Secretary General of the Council of East and Central African
Football Associations (CECAFA) said that the semi finals are a good match up
since the best teams in the Group stage have made it to the semis. “We are
happy with the standard of play in this year’s tournament,” added Musonye.
tournament which attracted nine teams will climax with the final on December 19th.