Uganda Cranes Ready to Soar, Coach Put and Captain Aucho Confident Ahead of FIFA World Cup Qualifier Against Guinea

Uganda Cranes Head Coach Paul Joseph and captain Khalid Aucho have expressed readiness as Uganda prepares to face Guinea on Friday at Stade Du Municipal in Berkane, Morocco.

This will be the first matchday of the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and coincidentally the first game of the Uganda Cranes under the stewardship of Coach Put. Despite being with the team for a few days, the gaffer believes his charges are ready for the game against Guinea.

“We have tried to achieve a lot of things in the limited time I have been with the team, and I’m impressed with the attitude and discipline of the players,” he stated. “A committed group works together, and I believe it will be portrayed on the pitch for us to get a good result.”

Asked about what he knows about Guinea, Coach Put indicated they are a good team, but his charges are ready to give their best. “I know they have a good team with quality players, some and the majority playing in Europe, but I have trust in my players to pull off a great performance,” he said.

Captain Aucho also shares similar sentiments and is confident that the players will go into the game with full commitment. “It is always an honor for us to play for the National Team, and as players, we are ready for tomorrow’s game. The coaches have done their part to prepare us; the ball is in our court to deliver on the pitch, and I know everyone will give their best for us to secure maximum points.”

After Friday’s game, Uganda will return to action on Tuesday next week against Somalia. The Crested Cranes are in Group G alongside Algeria, Somalia, Guinea, Botswana, and Mozambique.