Both winless in their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Tanzania and Uganda will square off at the Suez Canal Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Kick-off is at 4pm CAT (SA, GMT+2)
Uganda head into the tie with just one win under their belt in the last five matches in all competitions.
Milutin Sredojevic’s and his troop’s last victory was on the 18th of January, as they recorded a 1-0 win against Senegal in the group stage of the African Nations Championship.
In their 2023 Afcon bid, Uganda suffered a 2-0 defeat to Algeria, followed by a 1-1 stalemate against Niger in their first two Group F encounters.
In joining the Ugandan national team fold recently, defensive midfielder Khalid Aucho mentioned that he was happy to see the squad fully focused on the Tanzania clash.
“I’m happy to find everyone in camp geared towards the forthcoming games against Tanzania,” Aucho said.
“Definitely derbies are never easy but we all know our target and ready to offer everything in our means as players.”
Much like that of Uganda, Tanzania struggled to find form in recent months and recorded two wins in their last five fixtures in all competitions.
During this time, Tanzania suffered three losses, two of which came against their upcoming opponents Uganda in their Africa Nations Championship qualifying campaign.
In their last set of 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, which took place in June last year, Tanzania drew 1-1 against Niger in the first match, while picking up a 2-0 loss against Algeria in the following fixture
Speaking ahead of the tie, Tanzania coach Adel Amrouche lauded his side’s morale and mentioned that they will look to go far in the tournament.
“I am happy to see the players in good shape and good morale,” Amrouche said.
“All is ready, there’s happiness in the group. For the first contact I can, I saw and felt the positive vibes in the team, the players are ready for these games and to represent the national team.
“We have talented players and a good mentality in the team and with this positive team, I think we can go far.”