The East African rivals will meet in the Group E derby of the qualifiers for the World Cup in Qatar, alongside West African giants Mali and Rwanda. Uganda’s coach Milutin Sredojevic expressed that Kenya has a huge advantage, owing to the fact they had played their Premier League campaign to a conclusion unlike in Uganda where their league was canceled in the middle of May, after the outbreak of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. 90% of the Uganda squad is composed of players from their local league, and their physical condition is under a big question mark. That’s can be seen in their last two matches in June and August, where they lost to South Africa and Ethiopia. The last win for Uganda came in January against Niger in a friendly match.
Kenya is one of the hardest places to play in Africa with only one loss in the last 10 matches and most of the Kenya players are in full competitiveness mood. Also, they are in a full squad with foreign players such as Michael Olunga (Al Duhail), Ian Otieno (ZESCO Utd), Eric Ouma (AIK), Richard Odada (Red Star Belgrade), Masud Juma (JS Kabylie), and Kenneth Muguna (Azam).
I think that Kenya is slightly favorite in these match and they can use the problems in Uganda’s squad.