No room for error as Cranes face Lesotho | 2019 Afcon Qualifiers

Saturday October 13

  • Uganda Vs Lesotho – Mandela National stadium, Namboole 4pm
Onyango greets Tanzania’s Himid Mao (shirt 7) after the game that ended goalless at Namboole

Uganda Cranes have no room for error when they take on the Crocodiles of Lesotho in a group L qualifier of the 2019 Africa Nations Cup.

The two sides come into the game on the back of disappointing home draws in the previous games – Uganda were held to a goalless draw by Tanzania while Lesotho were frustrated at home by Cape Verde.

Sebastien Desabre, whose reign with the national team has seen just one victory, is optimistic of getting victory for the team while his counterpart

What the coaches say:

Sebastien Desabre addresses the media on Friday morning at Namboole Stadium

Desabre (Uganda): This game against Lesotho is an important one for qualification for Uganda Cranes to the Africa Cup of Nations.  The team is in good spirits. I have spoken to players and they understand the importance of this game.

We have improved upon the level of confidence for the players. The three points will be crucial for the home fans and country as well. It is important to play good football as well. I am happy with the camp. We are ready.

© Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Maliehe (Lesotho): We know how Uganda plays and have respect for them because they are top of the group at the moment. However, we are on a mission that we shall accomplish. We shall give a spirited fight in the two legs starting with this Saturday game.

Team News

Murushid Jjuuko jumps during an aerial challenge against Tanzania’s Thomas Uliwengu at Namboole Stadium. Jjuuko will miss the first leg against Lesotho but will play in return leg

Murushid Jjuuko (Uganda) is suspended after accumulation two yellow cards but the rest of the team is available for selection.

The visitors will miss the services of Bokang Sello and Lesia Thetsane who did not travel to Uganda.

Bantu Football Club left-back Bokang will miss the game because of suspension having accumulated two yellow cards while Thetsane has been held back due to academic commitments.

© Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
David Obua and Geoffrey Massa scored for Uganda against Lesotho in 2006

Key Stat:

  • The previous meeting between the two sides at Namboole was in 2006. Uganda won 3-0 with Geoffrey Massa scoring a brace while David Obua added the other.

Probable Cranes XI

Denis Onyango (GK ©), Nicholas Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Timothy Awany, Hassan Wasswa, Denis Iguma, Moses Waiswa, Farouk Miya, Emmanuel Okwi, Derrick Nsibambi and Joseph Ochaya.


  • Am proud of our nations Team. If we were able to make it to world cup qualifiers why AFCON???…….

  • Ismael, there is room for error! Please learn that in order to score or win, the Cranes will make mistakes, miss shots, miss targets but the key is to keep creating chances and trying, trying to score.

    Your attitude is what has Okwi, putting his hands on his head when he misses, which is a bad habit.
    He should be shooting at will with no fear or favour. I believe this is the same issue affecting Mo Salah right now.

    UG Cranes are ballers that make mistakes and should just play the game the only way they know how while having fun.

    No pressure! No wild expectations. Just play!
    They are good enough!

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