Uganda's Denis Onyango confident of victory against Tanzania

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Despite saying they can beat the Taifa Stars, the Cranes skipper has urged his teammates to work hard for the win on Saturday

Uganda and Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango says they will deal with Tanzania as a team and declared that they are ready to secure a win in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at home.

The Cranes are hoping to secure their second win of the group on Saturday after beating Cape Verde away, but the Sundowns keeper has warned his teammates against complacency.

“We have prepared well for the game. The players know what is expected of us ahead of the game. It’s not easy to face our neighbours at this stage. They can do anything like Kenya did in 2011,” said Onyango to the Ugandan Football association's website.

Although the Taifa Stars are seen as minnows in the group due to their low Fifa ranking, Onyango has heaped praise on the quality of their opponents.

“Tanzania is not a weak team. They have some good players like Samatta (Mbwana) but we shall take care of them as a team and not just individual players,” he added.

“I think we can beat Tanzania because we were able to get points from Cape Verde, which I think is the strongest opponent. We just have to fight harder and see that we remain on top of the table,” concluded the Cranes skipper.

The East Africans are currently sitting at the top of Group L with three points following their 1-0 over Cape Verde and registering their second win will empower their quest to reach the continental premier tournament in Cameroon.

Under the guidance of coach Sebastien Desabre, the Ugandans will hope to book their ticket to their second Afcon tournament in a row after appearing at the previous edition hosted by Gabon in 2017.

Moreover, the South African-based keeper will also want to erase their Caf Champions League and MTN8 exits that he endured last week and lead his troops to glory in Kampala.

Uganda have bagged four wins over their neighbours, drew once and suffered a single defeat out of six meetings in all competitions as the match will be staged at the Mandela National Stadium on Saturday afternoon at 15:00.


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