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Skipper Farouk Miya will be the star to watch when the Uganda Cranes face Mali in the second Group D match of the on-going 2016 Africa Nations Championship CHAN at the Umuganda Stadium this evening.

Skipper Farouk Miya will be the star to watch when the Uganda Cranes face Mali in the second Group D match of the on-going 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) at the Umuganda Stadium this evening.


The 2015 Ugandan Player of the Year who has also netted three goals in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers will need to be at his best to lead the Cranes to a good start in the tournament.


But before the Cranes take to the Stadium in Gasenyi, the Chipoloplo led by veteran Chrstopher Katongo will be up against Zimbabwe who finished fourth in the 2014 event played in South Africa.

"We need to go out there and fight to get a good result in the start of the tournament. Our teraget remains to qualify for the knock out stage that we did not achieve in the last two championships," said Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho' Sredojevic.

The experienced duo of Robert Ssentongo and former South African based professional Geoffrey Sserunkuma are expected to play a key role or the Cranes. Ivan Ntege and Hassan ‘Dazo' Wasswa are however suspended for the game. Wasswa was sent off in the qualifier against Sudan, while Ntege picked two yellow cards over two legs.

But Mali's Djibril Drame is also hungry to see his team start with a win. The coach who is under pressure back home will look to the likes of Mamadou Doumbia, Sekou Koita and striker Mamadou Coulibaly.

Meanwhile, hosts Rwanda are upbeat ahead of their second game against Gabon on Wednesday. After starting with a hard fought 1-0 win over highly rated Cote d'Ivoire last Saturday, coach Johnny McKinstry told URN they will be eager to get another win to qualify for the next round with six points before playing the last group game against Morocco.

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