Uganda faces Burkina Faso again in 2021 Afcon qualifiers

Thursday July 18 2019

Patrick Malo of Burkina Faso challenges Kizito

Patrick Malo of Burkina Faso challenges Kizito Luwaga of Uganda at Mandela Stadium, Namboole, during the 2017 Afcon Qualifiers. 

By ANDREW MWANGUHYA

KAMPALA. Uganda Cranes will square off again against Burkina Faso when the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification gets underway on October 7 this year.

The Cranes are pooled in Group B in the draws held in Zamalek, Egypt on Thursday. The other teams in the group include Malawi and the preliminary round winner between South Sudan and Seychelles.

Uganda were in the same group with Burkina Faso in the 2017 Nations Cup qualifiers, which saw the Cranes end a four decade absence from the finals as runners up. The Cranes lost 1-0 away and drew goalless at home.

African legends Nwankwo Kanu, Kalilou Fadiga and Raba Najja graced the draws that were also attended by the Caf President Ahmad Ahmad.

Four matches will kick off from the preliminary round with the respective winners being placed in Ground A to D. Neighbours Kenya will face 2019 Afcon hosts Egypt in Group G.

Preliminary Round:

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Liberia Vs Chad – Winner will remain in A4

South Sudan Vs Seychelles – Winner will remain in B4

Mauritius Vs Sao Tome e Principe – Winner will remain in C4

Djibouti Vs The Gambia – Winner will remain in D4

All Groups:

A: Mali, Guinea, Namibia, Liberia or Chad

B: Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, South Sudan or Seychelles

C: Ghana, South Africa, Sudan, Mauritius or Sao Tome e Principe

D: Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Angola, Djibouti or The Gambia

E: Morocco, Mauritania, Central African Republic, Burundi

F: Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Rwanda, Mozambique

G: Egypt, Kenya, Togo, Comoros Islands,

H: Algeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana

I: Senegal, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Eswatini

J: Tunisia, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania

K: Cote D’Ivoire, Niger, Madagascar, Ethiopia

L: Nigeria, Benin, Sierra Leone, Lesotho

amwanguhya@ug.nationmedia.com

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