Uganda returned to the AFCON in 2017 after missing out from 1978.
They will be playing their first AFCON knockout stage game in 41 years. They finished second in Group A with a 2-0 win against the DR Congo, a 1-1 draw against Zimbabwe before losing 2-0 to hosts Egypt who had three wins in three games.
The four points they earned were enough to see them through to the next stage. Their 2-0 win against the DRC was their first in the AFCON in since 1978.
Uganda have not had a smooth preparation for this game after their players refused to train on Wednesday with reports claiming that their bonuses for the win against DRC had not been paid.
Senegal will be a very tough opponent, though they lost to Algeria in the group stage. They have won seven of their last eight games. However, the Teranga Lions boast an unenviable record of nine losses in their last 14 games in the knockout stage of the AFCON.
This will be the first encounter between Uganda and Senegal in the AFCON.
The last time Uganda qualified for the knockout stage of the AFCON was in 1978 and they went all the way to the final which they lost to Ghana 2-0.
Uganda will be wary of the Senegal frontline led by Sadio Mané, but they will also need to watch for Rennes forward Mbaye Niang who has had the most shots in the competition, 12, without scoring.
Ugandan coach, 42 year old Sébastien Desabre has a wealth of coaching experience on the continent, after coaching spells with Cotonsport of Garoua in Cameroon, ASEC Mimosas in Ivory Coast, Esperance of Tunis in Tunisia, Wydad of Casablanca in Morocco and Ismaily in Egypt. He will have to put all that experience into use today to stop Aliou Cissé’s Teranga Lions who are after their first continental trophy though they are currently the best ranked nation in the continent.
Senegal are favorites but the Cranes will push them all the way.
Players to Watch
Farouk Miya ( Uganda)
Position: Midfielder Club: HNK Gorica Age: 21
Farouk Miya is Uganda’s most creative player and he provided two assists in their opening game against the DRC. He was also their top scorer in the qualifiers with three goals. How we’ll they play in this game depends on Miya’s form.
Sadio Mané ( Senegal)
Position: Forward Club: Liverpool Age: 27
Mane came to life against Kenya, missing a penalty but bagging two goals to kick start his tournament. The Liverpool striker is carrying the aspirations of an entire nation which is looking up to him to finally inspire them to continental glory on their 15th attempt.