Veteran Uganda Cranes defender, Joseph Ochaya, is asking for fans’ support before their important game against Niger in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on September 7th, 2023. Ochaya made this request after a training session on Monday night at the Grande Stade de Marrakech Annex, where the upcoming match will take place.
He said the team is in good spirits, and every player is focused on the upcoming match to qualify for the continental championship. Ochaya stressed how fans can boost their performance and called for support from fans who can attend the game in Morocco and those who will watch remotely.
Defender Bavis Mugabi, who last played for the Cranes against Niger in August of the previous year, recognized the tough challenge ahead. He emphasized the importance of fighting for a much-needed victory, no matter how difficult it might be.
Uganda Cranes will play against Niger, a team that can’t qualify for AFCON even with a win. The responsibility to qualify rests on the Cranes, motivating them to perform at their best and beat Niger.
The Cranes, who trained partially in Uganda, left for Morocco on Saturday to get used to the conditions for at least four days before the crucial match against Niger. Currently, Uganda Cranes are in third place with four points in the standings.
They face strong competition from Tanzania, which is in second place with seven points.
With only one match left in the AFCON qualification campaign, Uganda must win convincingly against Niger and hope that Algeria defeats Tanzania by a large margin to increase their chances of qualification.
Group F Standings:
- Algeria – 15 points (Already Qualified)
- Tanzania – 7 points
- Uganda – 4 points
- Niger – 2 points (Eliminated)