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FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Kenya hosts Uganda today in regional derby

Uganda Cranes Midfielder Luwaga Kizito (10) takes on Kenya Harambee Stars player in the 2019 Friendly. Extreme left is Current Skipper Emma Okwi (Photo/Courtesy)

FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiers (Group E)
Kenya Vs Uganda – Thursday, Sept 2, 2021 at 4:00pm (Live on KBC and Azam 2)

Kenya Harambee Stars will today host the Uganda Cranes as the two regional giants battle in the opening fixture of the FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiers.

The match to be played at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on Thursday, 2nd September 2021 and will be held behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 strict regulations.

The last two meetings between these two friendly countries ended in stalemates, 1 goal apiece per side on 23rd March 2017 and lately 8th September 2019.

By and large, Uganda Cranes still enjoy the advantage with most wins (32) over Kenya in the 77 meetings since 1926. Kenya has won 22 times and the draws are 23.

Today’s meeting will be the first time ever that the two neighbouring countries are facing off in any FIFA World Cup qualifier with many clashes coming in the CECAFA cup, African Cup of Nations, Castle Cup and international friendly matches.

This will be the first major match for Uganda Cranes since the retirement of former captain Denis Onyango, midfielders Michael Azira and Hassan Wasswa Mawanda.

Uganda will look to rely on experienced stars in the squad such as skipper Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Khalid Aucho, Isaac Muleme, Murushid Juuko, Joseph Benson Ochya, Denis Iguma and Derrick Nsibambi.

Cranes Head coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic believes Uganda Cranes will utilize on the slightest details to get the maximum points.

“Derbies are always determined by the slightest details. We want to pay keen attention to such details and win the game” Micho disclosed.

Team captain Okwi urged teammates to work as a unit so as to get maximum points in the game.

“We are here in Kenya and shall need maximum teammates for the victory” Okwi noted.

Available Squads:

Uganda Cranes:

Goalkeepers: Isima Watenga (Chippa United, South Africa), Charles Lukwago (KCCA, Uganda), Joel Mutakubwa (Express, Uganda)

Defenders: Isaac Muleme (Viktoria Žižkov, Czech Republic), Mustapha Kizza (CF Montréal, Canada), Enock Walusimbi (Express, Uganda), Joseph Benson Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Murushid Juuko (Express, Uganda), Innocent Wafula (Mbarara City, Uganda), Denis Iguma (KCCA, Uganda), Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa, Uganda), Abdul Aziizi Kayondo (Vipers, Uganda)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Young Africans, Tanzania), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers, Uganda), Moses Waiswa (Super Sport United, South Africa), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers, Uganda),

Forwards: Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Yunus Sentamu (Vipers, Uganda), Milton Karisa (Vipers, Uganda), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi – Captain, Richard Basangwa (Vipers, Uganda), Steven Desse Mukwala (URA, Uganda)

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Kenya Harambee Stars:

Goalkeepers: Ian Otieno (Zesco United, Zambia), James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars, Kenya), Joseph Okoth (KCB, Kenya), Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Brandon Obiero (Kariobangi Sharks)

Defenders: Joseph Okumu (KAA Gent, Belgium), Eric Ouma (AIK, Sweden), Eugene Asike (Tusker, Kenya), Nashon Alembi (KCB, Kenya), Harun Shakava (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Andrew Juma (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Siraj Mohammed (Bandari, Kenya), Clyde Senaji (AFC Leopards, ), Frank Odhiambo (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Bolton Omwenga (Nairobi City Stars, Kenya), Daniel Sakari (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Baraka Badi (KCB, Kenya)

Midfielders: Richard Odada (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia), Duke Abuya (Nkana, Zambia), Duncan Otieno (Lusaka Warriors, Zambia), Lawrence Juma (Sofapaka, Kenya), Kenneth Muguna (Azam, Tanzania), Kevin Kimani (Wazito, Kenya), Patillah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Enock Momanyi (FC Talanta, Kenya), Jackson Macharia (Tusker, Kenya), Eric Johanna (Jonkopings Sondra IF, Sweden), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker, Kenya), Abdallah Hassan (Bandari, Kenya)

Forwards: Michael Olunga (Al-Duhail, Qatar), Masud Juma (Difaâ Hassani El Jadidi, Morocco), Cliffton Miheso (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Erick Kapaito (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Elvis Rupia (AFC Leopards), Samuel Onyango (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Benson Omalla (Gor Mahia, Kenya)

Previous meetings:

  • 01 May 1926       Kenya 1-1 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 03 May 1926       Kenya 2-1 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 30 Apr 1937        Uganda 9-2 Kenya (CECAFA Cup)
  • 05 Aug 1961        Kenya 0-1 Uganda (Africa Cup of Nations)
  • 23 Sep 1961        Uganda 0-0 Kenya (Africa Cup of Nations)
  • 29 Oct 1961         Uganda 2-0 Kenya (Africa Cup of Nations)
  • 05 Jan 1962         Kenya 0-1 Uganda (International Friendly)
  • 07 Jan 1962         Uganda 0-1 Kenya (International Friendly)
  • 06 Sep 1964        Kenya 0-1 Uganda (East African Cup)
  • 18 Oct 1964         Uganda 3-2 Kenya (Independence Tournament)
  • 28 Feb 1965        Uganda 3-1 Kenya (Africa Cup of Nations)
  • 28 Feb 1965        Kenya 3-0 Uganda (Africa Cup of Nations)
  • 28 Sep 1965        Uganda 2-3 Kenya (International Friendly)
  • 30 Sep 1965        Uganda 2-2 Kenya (International Friendly)
  • 05 Mar 1966       Uganda 2-3 Kenya (International Friendly)
  • 03 Apr 1966        Kenya 3-3 Uganda (International Friendly)
  • 30 Nov 1966        Kenya 0-0 Uganda (International Friendly)
  • 30 Nov 1966        Uganda 1-2 Kenya (International Friendly
  • 30 Jun 1967         Kenya 3-1 Uganda (International Friendly)
  • 30 Jun 1967         Uganda 2-1 Kenya (Africa Cup of Nations)
  • 31 Jul 1967          Kenya 3-3 Uganda (Africa Cup of Nations)
  • 30 Sep 1967        Kenya 3-1 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 04 Oct 1969         Uganda 1-0 Kenya (CECAFA Cup)
  • 29 Sep 1970        Uganda 2-1 Kenya (CECAFA Cup
  • 10 Jun 1972         Kenya 2-0 Uganda (International Friendly)
  • 31 Oct 1972         Uganda 1-0 Kenya (International Friendly)
  • 16 Sep 1973        Uganda 1-0 Kenya (Africa Cup of Nations)
  • 30 Sep 1973        Kenya 1-2 Uganda (Africa Cup of Nations)
  • 04 Nov 1975        Kenya 1-1 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 30 Nov 1977        Kenya 1-3 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 09 Nov 1978        Uganda 1-0 Kenya (CECAFA Cup)
  • 19 Nov 1978        Kenya 2-0 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 07 Nov 1979        Kenya 3-1 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 24 Nov 1981        Kenya 1-0 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 27 Nov 1982        Uganda 1-1 Kenya (CECAFA Cup)
  • 12 Nov 1983        Kenya 2-1 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 15 Dec 1984        Kenya 1-3 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 28 Jul 1985          Kenya 0-1 Uganda (International Friendly)
  • 11 Oct 1985         Kenya 0-0 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 11 Oct 1986         Uganda 3-1 Kenya (International Friendly)
  • 11 Oct 1987         Uganda 3-1 Kenya (International Friendly)
  • 02 Dec 1989        Kenya 2-1 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 09 Dec 1990        Uganda 2-2 Kenya (CECAFA Cup)
  • 04 Dec 1991        Uganda 1-3 Kenya (CECAFA Cup)
  • 15 Nov 1992        Kenya 1-1 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 01 Jul 1993          Uganda 0-0 Kenya (International Friendly)
  • 04 Jul 1993          Uganda 1-0 Kenya (International Friendly)
  • 05 Dec 1994        Kenya 0-1 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 02 Dec 1995        Uganda 0-0 Kenya (CECAFA Cup)
  • 25 May 1996       Uganda 1-1 Kenya (International Friendly)
  • 27 Nov 1996        Uganda 2-0 Kenya (CECAFA Cup)
  • 18 Jul 1998          Uganda 3-3 Kenya (International Friendly)
  • 16 Apr 2000        Uganda 2-2 Kenya (International Friendly)
  • 28 Oct 2000         Kenya 1-1 Uganda (Four Nations Castle Lager Cup – East Africa)
  • 24 Oct 2001         Kenya 0-0 Uganda (Four Nations Castle Lager Cup (East Africa)
  • 03 Aug 2002        Kenya 0-0 Uganda (International Friendly
  • 26 Oct 2002         Kenya v Uganda W      1-1    Four Nations Castle Lager Cup (East Africa)
  • 12 Dec 2002        Uganda 1-3 Kenya (CECAFA Cup)
  • 21 Dec 2002        Uganda 0-0 Kenya (African Games)
  • 16 Mar 2003       Kenya 2-2 Uganda (International Friendly)
  • 04 Dec 2003        Uganda 1-1 Kenya (CECAFA Cup)
  • 07 Aug 2004        Uganda 1-1 Kenya (International Friendly)
  • 18 Aug 2004        Kenya 4-1 Uganda (International Friendly)
  • 18 Dec 2007        Uganda 1-1 Kenya (CECAFA Cup)
  • 13 Jan 2009         Kenya 0-1 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 07 Dec 2009        Kenya 0-1 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 09 Oct 2010         Kenya 0-0 Uganda (Africa Cup of Nations)
  • 05 Dec 2010        Uganda 2-0 Kenya (CECAFA Cup)
  • 08 Oct 2011         Uganda 0-0 Kenya (Africa Cup of Nations)
  • 24 Nov 2012        Uganda 1-0 Kenya (CECAFA Cup)
  • 08 Dec 2012        Uganda 2-1 Kenya (CECAFA Cup)
  • 22 Nov 2015        Kenya 2-0 Uganda (CECAFA Cup)
  • 05 Dec 2015        Uganda 1-0 Kenya (CECAFA Cup)
  • 23 Mar 2017       Kenya 1-1 Uganda (International Friendly)
  • 08 Sep 2019        Kenya 1-1 Uganda (International Friendly)

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