Gor Mahia assistant coach Sammy Omollo believes that either Uganda, Kenya or Tanzania could qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar despite all sides failing to reach the Africa Cup of Nations finals.
All the three East African giants were present in Egypt for the 2019 AFCON edition but will miss out this time around in Cameroon.
They all finished third in their respective groups of qualification with focus now turning to the World Cup qualifiers which get underway in June 2021.
“The teams have learned from their mistakes and I expect a good outing on the road to Qatar,” Omollo told Goal.com in an interview.
“It will be a theme of joy in the region to have one of our own playing in the World Cup. We have what it takes to compete with the best. It is about good preparations and organisation as well,” the Kenyan tactician added.
Uganda and Kenya are in the same group that is Group E alongside Rwanda and Mali while Tanzania are in Group J.
The Taifa Stars share the same group with Benin, DR Congo and Madagascar.
Kenya will host Uganda first in June whereas Tanzania will kick-start their campaign against DR Congo away from home.
The group winner is guaranteed a place in the playoff qualifying round for the World’s greatest football tournament.
Omollo pointed out a number of reasons why the region did not get a representative at this year’s AFCON; failure to capitalize on home game advantage, dropping points against teams they should have defeated and the yet to be played CECAFA tournament.