When you listen to Uganda Cranes skipper Denis Onyango speaking, you hear a calm but determined leader keeping his focus on the bull’s eye, and that’s the positive result against Zimbabwe on Wednesday.
After their 2-0 win over DR Congo in the opening game of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations, the Mamelodi Sundowns shot stopper and his troops are three points away from the round of 16 slot.
Cranes will take on a Zimbabwe side that lost their opener against hosts Egypt 1-0 which will make the tie a bit harder to the East African nation but open to anyone who will utilize their chances.
“We are set and determined to face Zimbabwe,” the Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper said at the post-match press conference on Tuesday morning.
With most of the Zimbabwe players littered all over the leagues in the COSAFA region and South Africa in particular, Onyango is confident that the Cranes side will be able to handle them.
“Personally, I will admit that I know most of the Zimbabwe players. I have played with some of them in the same clubs and majority play in the PSL.”
“There is no need to underrate them because they have quality players,” he noted.
Onyango will have to rely on the resilience of his backline and the work rate of midfield duo of Mike Azira and Khalid Aucho to keep Zimbabwe at bay.
Uganda Cranes will conduct their final training session on Tuesday night at Arab Contractors’ Stadium in Cairo as they are preparing for The Warriors.
Uganda Cranes lead group A with three points and two goals difference, Egypt also has three points but with one goal in the second position.