The rivalry between the Uganda Cranes and the Harambee Stars of Kenya will be reignited in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers slated to kick-off in March 2021.
Uganda and Kenya are pooled in the same Group E alongside another neighbour Rwanda and West African giants Mali.
And according to Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry, the Harambee Stars will be a threat to his side come to the World Cup qualifiers.
“We know when it comes to those World Cup qualifiers Kenya will be a formidable opponent,” McKinstry told Goal in an interview.
“But I will be lying if I say at this moment we know much about them. Of late our focus has been on our Africa Cup of Nations opponents, South Sudan especially in the last several months.”
“We know we are in the same World Cup qualifying group with Kenya and we will look at that in due course but currently nothing on them because it would be putting wrong priorities first,” he added.
Perhaps the biggest story between the two East African arch-rivals was in 2011 when they settled for a barren draw at Mandela National Stadium Namboole. A result that denied Uganda a slot at the 2012 AFCON finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
Since then, the Cranes have played at consecutive AFCON tournaments in 2017 and 2019 while the Stars were also at it in 2019 in Egypt.
“Kenya is another huge footballing nation. I have been around African football for the last 10 years and the players Kenya have produced in the same period are of high quality,” the Irishman noted.
The last time the two bitter sides faced each other was in a friendly on September 8, 2019, before the 35-year-old coach took over as Uganda Cranes head coach on September 30.
Striker Emmanuel Okwi scored for the Cranes in the 23rd minute while Kenneth Muguna equalized for the Stars in the 51st minute in the one all stalemate.