The Ghana Black Stars and the Uganda Cranes are set to clash today October 7, 2016 in Tamale Ghana on the opening match of Group E World Cup Qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The game will be today at 6:30 PM in Tamale Stadium, Ghana. The Game will be broadcasted live on Supersport Select and Gotv channel 30
Uganda Cranes is managed by Micho Sredojevic while the Ghana is managed by Avram Grant the Former Manager of Chelsea FC.
Ghana is ranked 5th in Africa and 43rd in World FIFA Rankings, Uganda is ranked 15th in Africa and 65th in Global rankings.
In the Group, Uganda is the underdog. Ghana (43), Egypt (53), Congo (Brazaville) (54) all rank better than Uganda in FIFA Rankings. Ghana has moved eight positions back on FIFA Rankings from 35 to 43 while Uganda Cranes has remained on its ranking 65.
Last two clashes between Ghana and Uganda, Ghana have won none. In the African Cup Qualifiers 2015, Uganda Uganda drew with Ghana in Kumasi Ghana 1-1 and defeated them in Kampala Uganda.
Ghana has qualified three successive times in FIFA World cup and if it qualifies for the fourth time, it will be the African Country to qualify in World Cup 4 successive times.
Ghana was the third African country to reach the Quarterfinals of World Cup after Cameroon and Senegal.
Ghana sees Egypt, as the greater threat in the group, therefore will need to crash Uganda and Congo, then any result higher than a loss on the side of Egypt will be favoring them.
Ghana has lost two Team Captain Asamoah Gyan is expected back in the game. And the probable starting lineup of Ghana will be:
Ghana starting eleven: Braimah/ Kwarasey; Afful, Rahman, Boye, Jona Mensah; Wakaso, Atsu, Acheampong, Acquah; J. Ayew, A. Gyan
Uganda has never qualified in World cup and if qualifies it will be adding itself on the list of African countries that have ever qualified for the biggest footballing event in the world.
Uganda knows that no country in the group is easy for it. Therefore it has to make all trials to win every game or at least move with a draw.
Winning the Ghana game will be giving Uganda an advantage to qualify.
Uganda has won one of its last two games and lost the one. The win was against Comoros in the African Cup of Nations that saw Cranes qualify to the African Cup of Nations in the last 38 years. Farouk Miya who scored the only goal against Comoros is on the starting lineup.
Little Change is expected in the team that played Togo on October 4, 2016. The starting lineup is expected to be
Dennis Onyango, Nicholas Wadada; Godfrey Walusimbi; Isaac Isinde; Denis Iguma, Hassan Wasswa; Moses Oloya; Aucho Khalid, Farouk Miya; Yunus Sentamu; Geofrey Massa.
Avram Grant the Ghana Coach says that he thinks Uganda will not be an easy team, but continued that their aim is to finish top of the most competitive group and he expects nothing but a win.
“I don’t think it will be an easy game but our target is the same, to win and to do everything to be in Russia. We are playing against a very strong side. The most important thing is we finish first in the group. It’s a very tough group. …………. We are going to face a very tough side and I’m only thinking about football, nothing else. Even if we face some difficulties, the most important thing is to be there on Friday.” Said Avram Grant as reported by Myjoyonline Ghana
Micho Sredojevic, the Ugandan coach, says that he respects Ghana and even respects Coach Avram Grant but added that Uganda is prepared to move away with points. Citing the last game with Togo not to be an indicator of cranes strength since the Cranes plays differently in the friendlies and the competitive games
“Coming to Ghana is a special occasion for me and the team I am coaching. Whenever I have to come to Ghana in the last 16 years, I have recognized the value of what we are coming to do. I have absolute respect for the coach Avram Grant and your team, knowing how good they are and we expect a proper football atmosphere……… We have hidden something which we will put in place on Friday. We are a different team when we play friendlies and different when we play competitive games.” Said Micho
Good Luck, the Uganda Cranes.