Derrick Nsibambi joins Cranes camp

Egyptian side Smouha SC striker Derrick Nsibambi has joined Uganda national team ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Sudan.

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Nsibambi becomes the first foreign-based Crane to join the local contingent at the Lugogo StarTimes base preparing for the November 12 encounter.

Nsibambi has been in fine form scoring three goals for the Egyptian Premier League side and registered four assists in 17 games played.

Nsibambi and Cranes captain Denis Onyango were not part of the team that took part in a week-long training camp in Dubai during the previous Fifa break.

The local players that were called up by head coach Johnathan McKinstry have been training for days now as assistant head coach Abdalla Mubiru.

Mubiru said they are not under any particular pressure ahead of the double-header against the Bright Stars.

“We are not a group that works under pressure,” Mubiru said.

“There is no pressure but of course, there is urgency because we want to win, therefore we shouldn’t allow complacency to creep in anyway.”

“Eventually, it will go down to what we do as a team.”

“We should be able to execute our plan very well; how we attack, how we react if we don’t have the ball and how we defend will be important for us,” he said.

The Cranes are leading Group B with four points that came from a draw against Burkina Faso and a win against Malawi.

Uganda Cranes need six points from South Sudan to earn a place in the next Afcon edition to be held in Cameroon in 2021.

McKinstry’s ultimate target is to lead Uganda to a third straight continental competition.

They will host South Sudan at St Mary’s Kitende before travelling to Nairobi for the second qualifier at Nyayo Stadium on November 16.

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