Uganda Cranes midfielder Allan Okello is optimistic that the team will have a much better showing against South Sudan in today’s return leg of the AFCON qualifier at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.
Cranes defeated South Sudan 1-0 at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende on Thursday in an underwhelming performance.
But Okello feels that they have rectified their mistakes and that they good to go.
“We have seen many of the mistakes done during the first leg and we hope that we shall have a far better game on Monday,” Okello said after a training session in Nairobi.
The 20-year-old left-footed attacker who features for Algerian club Paradou AC and came on as a substitute on Thursday for Emmanuel Okwi in the 58th minute believes the team is in good shape to battle for victory.
“All the players are in good shape ahead of the match. We had a good first training session on Saturday and we are ready,” Okello added.
Cranes need a win in Nairobi to book their ticket for the 2022 AFCON finals that will be held in Cameroon.
Cranes come into Monday’s game seeking to reclaim top spot in Group B. They are currently second with seven points just like table leaders Burkina Faso who have a better goal difference.
Malawi is third with three points while South Sudan is bottom with no point.
Just like at Kitende, an unusual atmosphere welcomes the players in Nairobi due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
The game was supposed to be played in Juba but because South Sudan’s main stadium is still under construction, they elected to use Nyayo Stadium.