Bafana Bafana first assistant coach Cedomir Janevski is wary of the threat posed by the Uganda Cranes’ attacking style of football ahead of the two side’s friendly match on Thursday at Orlando Stadium.
Uganda and South Africa have met thrice before and will be facing off for the first time since 2019 when they drew one-all in the COSAFA Cup.
The other two times were in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, and it is South Africa who won both legs. “Of course, we saw some of their games with the technical staff‚” Janevski was quoted saying by Sowetan Live.
“Together with our head coach and our analyst coach, and we analysed what are their strong and weak points.”
“They are good on the counter-attack and also on dead ball situations because they have a lot of tall players. They are a strong team‚ good in defence.”
“We are going to prepare in the short period as much as possible to get a good result against Uganda‚ who will be motivated to get a result against us,” he added.
According to Janevski, South Africa will stick to their game plan and avoid being picked off on the counter-attack, which could be dangerous especially through the wings.
“Having gone through some of their games, we shall see a specific tactic to work around, but we have to be clever and avoid them early crosses from both wings to prevent the ball coming into our box‚ which can be dangerous,” he warned.
Both teams missed out on the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations and summoned relatively a younger squad, ideally for a rebuilding process ahead of the World Cup qualifiers in September.
“We open the new page. We will have meetings again to talk to prepare us‚ not just physically but mentally to be strong for the next days and the game and also for the next qualification games which are coming very soon in September,” Janevski noted.
The visiting team are already in South Africa and are accommodated at Pretoria Hotel Roodepoort in Johannesburg upon arrival on Tuesday morning.
After a full week of residential training in Kampala, Abdallah Mubiru’s charges will conduct two training sessions in South Africa before the game on Thursday.
Uganda Cranes 23-man squad
Goalkeepers: Ismail Watenga, Charles Lukwago, Mathias Kigonya
Defenders: Hassan Muhamood, Paul Willa, Patrick Paul Mbowa, Halid Lwalilwa, Aziz Kayondo, Enock Walusimbi, Mustafa Kizza, Murushid Juuko
Midfielders: Bobosi Byaruhanga, Shafik Kagimu, Moses Waiswa, Taddeo Lwanga, Allan Okello, Abdu Lumala, Ibrahim Orit, Steven Sserwadda, Isma Mugulusi
Strikers: Emmanuel Okwi(Captain), Derrick Kakooza, Steven Mukwaala