Uganda Cranes Target Third CHAN Championship

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The Uganda Cranes will be focused on qualifying for a third straight Africa Nations Championship CHAN when they face Sudan on Sunday.

The Uganda Cranes will be focused on qualifying for a third straight Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) when they face Sudan on Sunday.


With a 2-0 advantage after the first leg of the 2016 CHAN qualifier, the Cranes will enter the Khartoum Stadium aware that a mere draw or even a 1-0 loss could see them make it to the 2016 CHAN event to take place in Rwanda.


The team led by skipper Farouk Miya is expected to travel this evening on an Ethiopian Airlines flight ahead of the deciding game.


"We know that facing Sudan on an artificial ground on Sunday night will not be an easy task, but we need to go out for early goals," team coach Sredojevic told URN.


Sudan coach Ahmed Babiker has been forced to include some El Merriekh players who had been left out for the first leg encounter and these include; Ramadan Agab, Amir Kamal, Abdo Jabar and Moez Mahjoub.


Striker Frank Kalanda who scored one of the goals in the first leg said he would be happy to get on a score sheet again and help Uganda qualify. The URA FC striker who failed to secure a professional contract after failing trails with two South African clubs three months ago said they will play as a team in-order to get the result.


Besides Miya and Kalanda, the other star players who will travel with the team include; Ivan Ntege, John Ssemazi and former Ghana based professional Joseph Ochaya who now features for KCCA FC.


The CHAN competition is played among players featuring in the local leagues in their respective countries. Uganda appeared at the 2011 event in Khartoum, Sudan under coach Bobby Williamson, while Sredojevic guided them to the 2014 Championship in South Africa.