Zebras look to strike against Uganda

Before the storm: The Zebras training in Uganda PIC: BFA
Before the storm: The Zebras training in Uganda PIC: BFA

The Zebras are in desperate need of goals as they play two World Cup 2026 qualifiers in a space of four days, beginning this evening.

The team is in Uganda where they will take on the home side at the newly renovated Mandela National Stadium in Kampala. This is the third round of the qualifiers, with the Zebras occupying the playoff spot in Group G. The team sits second behind Algeria with three points. The Zebras have the same tally as Guinea, Uganda, and Mozambique while Somalia have yet to record a point and they occupy the bottom spot in the group. The Zebras started the campaign with a 3-2 loss at home to Mozambique but were quick to recover to beat visiting Guinea 1-0. It is the team's first away trip in the qualifiers with Uganda the first on the menu before a tie against Somalia early next week. Didier Gomes da Rosa is going for maximum points as he sees improvements in the team ahead of his only third official match with Zebras.

"We have to play this match with ambition, with personality. We have improved a lot since months back, we have improved in terms of defence, and we have to improve how we possess the game and it is starting to become really good. We have to go into this match thinking about one issue, and want to keep our chances in the World Cup qualifiers. We want to stay in our position so it is very important to perform and get maximum points," da Rosa said after Tuesday's training session. The French tactician's troops have fired blanks in their last two games. Zebras played to 0-0 draws against Burundi and Rwanda in an invitational tournament played in Madagascar in March. This makes it a single goal scored by the team in three friendly games played this year, with the last goal coming in the 1-1 draw against Mozambique in January. Da Rosa would want his team to find the scoring boots and he has an abundance of talent at his disposal.

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