Uganda U-20 head coach Jackson Mayanja is wary of the group with which his team got pitted in the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations CECAFA Zonal Qualifiers.
The Hippos were placed in Group B alongside regional rivals Tanzania and Ethiopia, for the tournament slated to kickstart on October 28 in Sudan.
And, the Uganda Cranes legend, also christened ‘Mia Mia,’ is heedful of the challenge the duo is likely to pose.
“It’s a tough group as matches against Tanzania and Ethiopia at whatever levels are more or less, derbies,” said Mayanja to the media on Monday.
“So, we have shaped the team such that they can gel perfectly with the kind of style of play we want.”
Uganda will open its journey against Tanzania on October 29 at the Al Hilal Stadium, and Mayanja is already tuning the squad toward the expected challenge.
“We want to capitalize on Tanzania’s weaknesses, we know they love kicking away the ball and are physical, so we’re preparing the boys for that.”
“The good thing is the players are disciplined, willing to learn, and are behaving like professionals, and this is what I communicated on the first day,” Mayanja observed.
“We have to take this direction where they are always on time for lunch, training and so many other things on and off the pitch.”
The team’s last group game is on November 5 against the Ethiopians, where a semi-final spot will be at stake.
The semi-final matches will then be played four days later, while the final will take center stage on November 11.