The Uganda Cranes target all three points when they face Mali this evening at the St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende.
Following Rwanda and Kenya’s stalemate in Kigalinlaat evening, Kenya are currently second on the log with two points but Uganda can go top of the group with 4 points.
The Cranes have a point already in the bag after holding Kenya in the East Africa derby last week in Nairobi.
Mali on the other hand began their quest for a first World Cup appearance with a 1-0 victory over Rwanda in Agadir, Morocco last Wednesday night, thanks to Adama Traore all important goal.
Micho is expected to ring a few changes in the starting eleven with Vipers striker Yunus Ssentamu being tipped for place
Uganda and Mali have previously met four times across all competitions and friendlies. The Cranes have never claimed victory over the Eagles, losing twice and two games ending in stalemates.
The most recent meeting between the two sides was at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group stage match in Gabon which ended in a 1-1 draw with Farouk Miya scoring for Uganda while Yves Bissouma netted for Mali.
Under the stewardship of Mohamed Magassouba the Eagles are slightly considered as favourites to advance to the third round of the qualifying group that comprises of three East African nations.
The visitors will look up to Moussa Djenepo, Aliou Dieng and Adama Traore the scorer of their only goal against Rwanda to maximize points.
Skipper Emmanuel Okwi, Milton Karisa, Khalid Aucho and custodian Charles Lukwago are expected to rise the Ugandan flag.