Two sides that will be missing at the Africa Cup of Nations in the winter will be looking to build momentum ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers later in the year. South Africa and Uganda will have the chance to hit some form when they clash in an international friendly this week.
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South Africa would have been very disappointed that they weren’t able to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, as they finished third in their qualifying group. It was a little bit of a shock result that they missed out on qualification, as they lost out to Sudan, who finished in second. In the end, it was a costly draw against Ghana that let them down, as they finished two points behind Sudan. South Africa did pick up their fare share of wins during qualification, as they won three of their six games. They were however beaten on two occasions, and did conceded seven goals, which was four more than the number of goals that Ghana and Sudan conceded. South Africa come into this international friendly after winning once in their previous three games. They were most recently beaten by Sudan in March.
Uganda also narrowly missed out on Africa Cup of Nation qualification, as they finished Group B in third position. Burkina Faso finished four points clear of Uganda, while Malawi finished two clear. Uganda would have only had themselves to blame for not qualifying, as they won just two of the six games that they played. They were also held to two draws, and were beaten on two occasions. Uganda scored just three goals in the six games that they played, while they did have the joint-best defensive record as they conceded just twice.
South Africa vs Uganda Head To Head
These nations have met on just a few occasions in their history. It will be the sixth time that they have faced off, with South Africa having won on three occasions. Their most recent win came in June 2019, as they won a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.
South Africa vs Uganda Prediction
This is a difficult international friendly to call, as it could go either way. South Africa and Uganda are both very evenly matched, and we could see this match playing out in a draw. Both sides have decent defensive records, so a 1-1 result could be the best bet.
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