South Sudan Bright Stars Host Cranes

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In-form striker Geoffrey Sserunkuma will lead Uganda Cranes against hosts South Sudan this afternoon in a 2018 Total CAF Confederations Cup qualifier at the National Stadium in Juba.

 
In-form striker Geoffrey Sserunkuma will lead Uganda Cranes against hosts South Sudan this afternoon in a 2018 Total CAF Confederations Cup qualifier at the National Stadium in Juba.

The KCCA FC striker who also scored the lone goal in Uganda's 1-0 away win over Cape Verde in the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) last month told URN that he is determined to lead by example as the captain. "I am hungry to score goals for the national team since the coach has had confidence in me," he added.


Head coach told URN that his team is ready for the battle against the Bright Stars. "We must be in the best form to get a good result against the home side because they have fans who really cheer their team," added the coach.

The KCCA FC players who were part of the double winning team that also reached the group stage of the CAF Total Confederations Cup Timothy Awany, Muzamil Mutyaba, Isaac Muleme and Derrick Nsibambi are also likely starters in the match.


The home side will look to their star player James Joseph Moga, Khamis Leol Uso and Duku Wumbe who were key when they ejected Somalia in the preliminary round of the qualifiers.


Francis Amin Michael, the newly elected head of the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA), has urged South Sudanese to rally behind the Bright Stars.


"The citizens should come closer to football and use it as a tool to reconcile especially the youth. We need peace and harmony to improve football in the country," he said.

Amin disclosed that their players were already in good mood in the camp and have mustered the strategy from the technical staff.

In their last meeting in the same Juba Stadium in 2012 to officially welcome South Sudan as Fifa members, the two teams settled for a 2-2 draw. Later in the same year the Cranes beat South Sudan 4-0 in a Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup game in Kampala. 

The return game will be played on July 22 at the Philip Omondi Stadium, and the winning team will advance to face the winner between Rwanda and Tanzania in the final round. The 2018 CHAN event is expected to take place in Kenya although the Confederation of African Football (CAF) could make changes because Kenya are slow in the preparations.