Uganda Cranes faced a devastating blow to their chances of qualifying for the AFCON tournament after suffering a 2-1 defeat against Algeria on Sunday. This defeat all but seals their fate of missing out on next year’s prestigious football event.
Having already missed the opportunity to participate in the glorious 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, Uganda now finds themselves in a position where they will be watching the 2023 championship from home, unless a miracle unfolds.
In the recent encounter at Japoma Stadium in Cameroon, Algeria, who had already secured their qualification, added to the heartbreak of Ugandans by claiming all three points.
Mohammed El Amine Amoura, the talented winger from FC Lugano, scored a brace that proved decisive for the visitors.
Despite Fahad Bayo’s late consolation goal in the 88th minute, it was not enough to salvage even a single point for the hosts.
This defeat leaves Coach Micho’s side with a mountain to climb if they are to secure a spot in next year’s AFCON tournament.
Currently seated in third position with 4 points from five games, Uganda Cranes will face Niger in their final group stage match in September.
At this stage, prayers and mathematical calculations will be required as Uganda Cranes not only need to win, but they also need to deliver an outstanding performance to advance to the AFCON group stages.
To make matters more challenging, Uganda will need to score at least two goals and hope that Tanzania loses their match against the group leaders, Algeria.
Tanzania currently holds the second spot with 7 points and managed to secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Niger on Tuesday, thanks to Saimon Msuva’s 69th-minute goal.
With the pressure mounting, Coach Micho finds himself on a hot seat, as his position as the Uganda Cranes head coach is now in jeopardy.