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Algeria vs Uganda – LIVE Reddit Soccer 04/06/2022

Algeria vs Uganda – LIVE Reddit Soccer 04/06/2022

Uganda’s last appearance in the Afcon finals came in 2019 in Egypt when they topped their group which comprised of Cape Verde, Tanzania, and Lesotho. They managed 13 points after registering four wins, one draw, and one defeat to qualify alongside neighbours Tanzania, who came second after garnering eight points. In the competition proper, a 2-0 victory against the Democratic Republic of Congo meant Uganda had won their first match in the competition for 41 years. In the other two games of the group, Uganda secured a 1-1 draw against Zimbabwe, and a 2-1 defeat against the Pharaohs. However, despite losing to the hosts, they qualified for the Round of 16 where their journey was brought to a halt after losing 1-0 against Senegal.

Meanwhile, Algeria will head into the Group F fixture after their disappointing outing at the last edition where they finished bottom without managing to win any of their matches. The East African nation will target a positive start when they kick off their qualification campaign with an away fixture against the Desert Warriors Uganda will begin their journey to reach the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ivory Coast when they take on Algeria in their group opener at Oran Olympic Stadium on Saturday night. The Cranes missed out on the last edition held in Cameroon after they suffered a 1-0 defeat against Malawi in their final group qualifier played in Blantyre. The defeat meant Uganda finished third in their group behind Burkina Faso and the Flames.

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi will miss the services of Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez, who was not named in the squad after being declared unfit. Meanwhile, apart from midfielder Moses Aliro, Denis Otim, and Yiga Najib, who were left behind in Kampala as the Cranes departed for the away fixture, coach Milutin Sredojevic has a 17-man squad available for selection. Motherwell defender Bevis Mugabi is among the eight foreign-based players in the squad, others being, Allan Okello, Allan Kyambadde, Elvis Bwomono, Aucho Khalid, Abdu Aziz Kayondo, Derrick Kakooza, and Steven Serwadda.

Algeria and Uganda get the ball rolling in Group F of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers when they square off at the Oran Olympic Stadium on Saturday. The Cranes will be aiming to return to the continental showpiece after picking up eight points from 18 to finish third in Group B of the qualifiers back in March 2021. Algeria saw their hopes of securing a fifth World Cup appearance come to an end back in March when they were beaten by Central African side Cameroon on the away goal rule. After securing a 1-0 first-leg win at the Douala Stadium on March 25, the Greens returned home where they fell to a 2-1 defeat with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Karl Toko Ekambi both scoring to send the Indomitable Lions through.

This followed their woeful run at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations back in January, when they suffered a humiliating group-stage exit after picking up just one point from a possible nine in Group E. Algeria have now failed to win four of their last five games across all competitions — picking up one draw and losing three — with March’s first-leg victory over Cameroon being the exception. However, Djamel Belmadi’s side will fancy their chances of ending this dry spell as they are currently unbeaten in 12 of their last 13 home games across all competitions, picking up an impressive 10 wins and one draw since September 2019. Elsewhere, Uganda failed to make it two wins from two for the first time since last October in their most recent outing as they fell to a 4-2 friendly defeat against Uzbekistan last time out.

Prior to that, Milutin Sredojevic’s side saw off Tajikistan on penalties after 29-year-old Emmanuel Okwi and AGMK midfielder Alisher Dzhalilov scored for either side to force a share of the spoils. The Cranes, who missed out on the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, head into the weekend unbeaten in five of their last six competitive outings, picking up three draws and two wins since a 1-0 defeat against Malawi back in March 2021. While Uganda will aim to begin their return to the continental tournament on a high note, they have managed just one win in their last six competitive games on the road — losing three and picking up one draw — with last October’s 1-0 victory at Uganda in the 2022 AFCON qualifiers being the exception.

The road to the 2023 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, set to be held in the Ivory Coast, gets under way on Wednesday, 1 June, with the first three of 44 group stage qualifying matches set to be held in the space of 13 days.

The ‘big gun’ in action on Wednesday evening is Ghana, with the West Africans welcoming Madagascar to Cape Coast for a Group E clash.

The Black Stars are still buzzing after overcoming Nigeria to secure 2022 World Cup qualification two months ago, though their squad is missing key players in the shape of Thomas Partey (injury) and Alfred Dunan (retired from international football).

Thursday sees Egypt begin their post Carlos Queiroz era, as new coach Ehab Galal looks to lead them to a victory over Group D rivals Guinea.

“We are not here to ruin what the previous coaching staff did, we’ll try to keep the positive aspects and fix the negative ones,” said Galal. “There might be some changes to our playing style but nothing major yet.”

A busy weekend features hosts Ivory Coast in action on Friday night when they host Zambia, while Saturday’s headline fixture sees Afcon champions Senegal begin the defence of their crown by welcoming Benin to Dakar for their opening Group L clash.

Saturday also features Uganda visiting Algeria and Mali tackling Congo in Bamako. The Uganda Cranes will face a stiff test against their North African hosts, but coach Milutin Sredojevic is introducing new blood into the team, including Dulwich Hamlet forward Ibra Sekajja.

“I thank the coach for giving me this opportunity,” said Sekajja. “But I feel it has taken a long time to even be here. I feel so happy and I can’t wait to score goals to help the team win games.”

Matchday 2 fixtures begin on Sunday, while the outstanding Matchday 1 games will be caught up on Thursday, 9 June, with the key fixtures seeing Nigeria tackle Sierra Leone and South Africa face a stiff test away to Morocco in Rabat.

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has admitted that the Atlas Lions are a cut above the rest in their qualifying group – “It’s clear that Morocco is the best team in our group. They were in the Afcon in January and were eliminated by Egypt and they are a very good team” – but he is hopeful of an upset on the road.

As for the Super Eagles, new coach Jose Peseiro has already gotten off to a losing start with defeat to Mexico in a friendly this past weekend, but he has promised that Afcon glory will arrive under his guidance.

“We will work with great ambition so that in the end we can finally call Nigeria the ‘four-time African champions’,” said the Portuguese tactician, who will also guide Nigeria in a match away to Mauritius when this double block of qualifiers wraps up on Monday, 13 June.

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