Uganda Cranes have been pitted in what can be termed as fair of the African qualifiers for the Fifa 2022 World Cup in the draw held in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday evening.
The East African giants were pitted against neighbors Kenya and Rwanda alongside West African side Mali.
Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry is confident that his charges are ready to overcome all their opponents and make it to the final competition.
“We are looking forward to the draw, and particularly that the roadmap for qualification to Qatar 2022 will now be clearly laid out in front of us,” McKinstry said before adding.
“Last time out, Uganda finished 2nd in a group containing Egypt, Ghana, and Congo including defeating group winners Egypt 1-0 in Kampala.”
“As such, we go into this qualifying campaign confident that we can compete with the very best teams in Africa, and that with good planning and preparation can realistically do it,” he added.
To advance to the finals of the knockout round which will involve 10 teams, Uganda will need to finish top of the group E. The winners of the final two-legged round will qualify for the World Cup to be held in Qatar.
No team from the East African region has ever qualified for the World Cup and both Kenya and Uganda will be leading the way this time for the elusive slot.