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Goalkeeper Onyango optimistic ahead of Ghana clash

12:37 PM WAT 15/01/2017
Denis Onyango
The Uganda shot-stopper believes his side will upset the Black Stars at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon

Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango is in confident mood ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations Group D opener against Ghana on Tuesday.

The Cranes will face the Black Stars at Stade de Port-Gentil, three months after forcing a scoreless away draw against the Ghanaians in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

Seven-time champions Egypt and 1972 runners-up Mali are the other teams in Group D.

“Playing Ghana before doesn’t make it easy because they know that we are a very difficult team to break down," Onyango told Kingfut.

"We have always given them problems when we play them, but they have more experience than us at that level, so we shall play our normal football and hopefully get the results.

“It’s a very difficult group with very good teams but football has changed. 

"Small teams can make it difficult for bigger sides but honestly, we are lowest ranked team in the group and we know it will be very difficult for us but we shall do our best."

Uganda are set to make a return to the continental gathering after a 39-year absence.

After playing Ghana, the Cranes face Egypt on January 21 before wrapping up their group campaign against Mali four days later.

Onyango, who plays for South African side Mamelodi Sundowns, won the African Best Player Based in Africa at the recent Caf Awards Gala.