Chan: Cranes Launch Campaign with Mali in Tough Group D Fixture

The long wait is over and finally Uganda Cranes first match at the 2016 Africa Nations Championships is just hours away.

Uganda will take on The Eagles of Mali on Tuesday evening at the Umuganda stadium in Butare.

Cranes vs Mali Chan Background

The Cranes are making their third CHAN appearance after taking part in consecutive tournaments in Sudan 2011 and South Africa 2014 even though they have been bundled from group stages in both occasions.

In 2011, view more about Uganda was pooled against hosts Sudan, mind Algeria and Gabon but failed to pick a single point scoring only one goal through Ibrahim Saddam Juma against the latter.

The team improved in the next edition in South Africa picking one win and a draw finishing third in group B only missing quarter finals by a single point behind Morocco and current group D opponents Zimbabwe.

Cranes scored three goals all courtesy of Yunus Ssentamu. Just like Uganda, cialis 40mg Mali has made two previous attempts failing to progress from the pools in 2011 while in South Africa; they were eliminated in the last eight by current group D opponents Zimbabwe.

Uganda and Mali have not met. Both teams come in this match on 50-50 chance considering that they follow each other on Fifa rankings with Cranes at 62 and Mali on 63 and 11 and 12 on Caf scale.


Cranes have enjoyed a relatively good run against West Africans of recent, with an unbeaten record in the last five defeating Nigeria 0-1 in an away friendly before hitting Togo home and away in world cup qualifiers.

The Coach Micho boys drew 1-1 and 0-0 with Gabon and Cameroun in Chan pre-tournament friendlies. “Playing Gabon and Cameroun helped us to understand the French style. Mali’s style is not very different from them. We are happy not to loose any,” coach Micho said of the two friendlies

“We passed exams it’s time for diploma with 3 crucial questions on the field of play called Mali Zambia and Zimbabwe,” he jokingly told ChimpSports.


At least even for the best pundits in the local game one thing will probably be worthy a brain scratch-Cranes Starting XI.

To make the matters simpler we shall not dwell in the goal keeping department, None is weaker than the other- No probability here it remains on Micho’s chest.

KCCA FC flying utility full backs Denis Okot and Joseph Ocaya are likely to man the wings with Bernard Muwanga and URA’s Richard Kasagga in the heart of defense. Ivan Ntege is likely to warm bench with poor shows on artificial turf. His teammate Timothy Awany has so far impressed and is the best for Defensive midfield.

Awany may play behind Farouk Miya, Muzamir Mutyaba and Keziron Kizito. The three provide best attacking options. Robert Ssentongo and Erisa Sekisambu, the league’s most ruthless forwards (at least going by conversion rate) are the top contenders upfront.

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