All is set for Uganda to host Mali in the FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022.
It will be the first time for a Ugandan football national team to feature in the World Cup tournament should the Cranes make it to the top five teams to represent the Confederation of Africa Football Associations (CAF) in the game’s biggest competition by the end of the Qatar 2022 qualifiers.
This means leading group E and win the final qualification play off. Despite aiming at the 2026 tournament, the Uganda football fraternity shall with open arms welcome the qualification opportunity to the 2022 tournament in Qatar should it come their way.
The Cranes commenced their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier campaign with a dull stalemate in Nairobi against the Harambe stars of Kenya.
Neither the guest nor the host had found the back of the net by the time a final whistle was blown. A match in which the team captain Emmanuel Okwi came off before the 90th minute, just like central defender Halid Lwaliwa.
When asked about the state of the two injured players in the Cranes group E opener during a pre-match press conference, the Cranes head coach Milutin Sredejovic ‘Micho’ said that a late fitness test shall be conducted by the team’s medical crew to determine if the duo shall be in a ready state for tomorrow’s encounter.
“We know that the WorldCup is the highest level of competition for any team.We have analysed our first game against Kenya and tried to rectify the challenges ahead of tomorrow’s match against Mali.” -Cranes head coach Milutin Sredejovic’Micho’ via FUFA media.
The game shall be played at 4:00 PM at a privately owned venue: The St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende which has recently transformed into the national team’s home ground since CAF ranked the Mandela National team below minimum standards for hosting games of such magnitude. The game is expected to be broadcast live on UBC TV.