Uganda Vs Niger LIVE Football Score 8 Jun 2022
Uganda welcome Niger to the St. Mary’s Stadium-Kitende on Wednesday in their second qualifier for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Neither team was able to come out on top in their respective openers last time out, and both will be looking to get their qualifying journey up and running.
Goals in either half from Aissa Mandi and Youcef Belaili were enough to put Milutin Sredojevic’s men to the sword in Algiers. The Cranes have now lost four of their seven outings since the turn of the year and will need to get going as soon as possible. Awaiting them next is the task of an opposing outfit who will be seeking revenge for a 3-0 thrashing in the last meeting between the teams. Unbeaten in each of their last six outings on home turf, Wednesday’s hosts will back themselves to get the job done and kickstart their qualification journey.
Niger had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Tanzania in their opening Group F fixture on Saturday at the Stade de l’Amitie. Jean-Michel Cavalli’s men fell behind to George Mpole’s strike in the first minute before drawing level through Daniel Sosah in Cotonou. As a result, the Menas still remain without a victory in 2022 after closing out 2021 with an emphatic 7-2 triumph over Djibouti. More worryingly for Wednesday’s visitors, they have only won two of their 12 matches on the road, which does not make for good reading ahead of another outing away from home.
Niger’s Daniel Sosah has picked up where he left off at club level, with his last two outings now yielding three goals, and the forward is one to keep an eye on. Despite a disappointing display in attack last time out, Victorien Adebayor is expected to retain his place in the starting XI. Farouk Miya will be looking to bounce back from a day to forget against Algeria as he spurned a first-half penalty to draw his side level. With 89 caps international amassed, Emmanuel Okwi has now moved into second place in his nation’s all-time appearances chart, but the 29-year-old is still a fair way off Godfrey Walusimbi, who leads the way with 105.
The Cranes will look to bounce back to winning ways when they host Le Mena The Mena in their second Group F qualification fixture Uganda will seek to earn their first win in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign when they take on Niger at St Mary’s Kitende on Wednesday. The Cranes registered a false start in their quest to reach the finals set for Ivory Coast after losing their Group F opener 2-0 against former champions Algeria at Stade du 5 Juillet on Saturday. Goals from Aissa Mandi and Youcef Belaili subdued the East African nation in North Africa.
Meanwhile, their opponents Niger failed to make maximum use of playing at home as they battled to a 1-1 draw against Tanzania at Stade de l’Amitie. After Taifa Stars had taken an early lead courtesy of George Mpole, Le Mena The Mena earned the equaliser from Daniel Sosah to snatch a vital point. Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic will welcome into the squad forward Fahad Bayo, who missed the opener against the Desert Warriors owing to lack of proper travel documents. The 52-year-old Serbian coach has vowed to show the visitors that Kitende is a fortress “where nobody can come and resist all our plans.
Technically and tactically we are playing against a team with French football school and when you have that in mind, we need to have an adequate approach that will practically push us in the direction of keeping our identity and showing that Kitende is a fortress where nobody can come and resist all our plans, he mental strength and spirituality of the players after the days in camp are perfect. We are fully aware of what it takes in this group and since this match is at home, we are in a situation where we want to give it all.” His sentiments were echoed by the Cranes captain Emmanuel Okwi, who said the players are ready to use the advantage of playing at home and get maximum points.
We look forward to the game against Niger on Wednesday. In football you never think about the past,” Okwi told the same portal. “You only think of what is before you and that is in the future. So we are looking forward to tomorrow [Wednesday] to make sure we rectify our mistakes and get the best possible result which is a win.” Meanwhile, Niger coach Jean-Michel Cavalli has got no injury worries heading into the fixture. Uganda and Niger have met six times with the Cranes managing two wins, one draw and suffering three defeats.
The last time the two nations faced off was in 2018 during a friendly match in which Niger won 2-1 at Stade General Seyni Kountche in Niamey. In 2014, they also met in another build-up which Le Mena The Mena won 2-0 at the same venue. The other two meetings came during the 2008 World Cup qualifiers when Uganda beat Niger 1-0 in the first leg meeting at Namboole Stadium courtesy of an Ibrahim Sekagya goal. However, in the return leg, Niger upped their game to defeat the Cranes 3-1 with goals from Ismael Alassanne, who notched a double, and Kamilou Daouda while Denis Obua pulled a goal back for the East African side.
Uganda possible starting lineup:
Lukwago; Muleme, Lwaliwa, Mugabi, Kizito; Youngman, Aucho, Karisa; Okwi, Miya, Okello
Niger possible starting lineup:
Van Attenhoven; Alhassane, Diabate, Karim, Garba; Oumarou, Soumana; Wonkoye, Moutari, Adebayor; Sosah