Uganda Vs Algeria: Preview, Probable Lineups and How To Watch

Monday, June 10
*Uganda Vs Algeria – Namboole, 7pm

Group G table

  1. Algeria – 6
  2. Guinea – 6
  3. Uganda – 6
  4. Mozambique – 6
  5. Botswana – 3
  6. Somalia – 0

Uganda Cranes will be aiming for a positive outcome when they face Algeria in their fourth Group G game of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at Namboole Stadium on Monday.

Building on their recent 1-0 victory over Botswana on match-day three, the Cranes are looking to secure another strong result.

Shaban Muhammad scored in the 74th minute to cap off a dominant performance, marking a triumphant return to Namboole after five years.

However, facing Algeria, a two-time AFCON winner, the Cranes are aware of the significant challenge posed by this African powerhouse.

In their previous match against Botswana, Uganda’s missed opportunities went unpunished, and debutant Elio Capradossi, who received praise for his composure, was rarely tested, as was goalkeeper Ismail Watenga.

With Khalid Aucho sidelined due to injury, Botswana failed to exploit this gap in the middle of the park.

However, Algeria’s pace on the flanks and precise passing might capitalize on this void and the fragilities on right and left side of defence to threaten the Cranes.

Bobosi Byaruhanga and Rogers Mato are expected to start after their impactful appearances off the bench, while one of Shaban Muhammad or Denis Omedi might be given a start upfront.

Full-backs Elvis Bwomono and Isaac Muleme had underwhelming performances on Friday, leaving questions about whether coach Paul Put will retain either or both players.

Algeria, recovering from a 2-1 home defeat to Guinea, will be highly motivated at Namboole.

Despite an early second-half goal by Morlaye Sylla, the Desert Foxes equalized through a Yasser Balde own-goal before Guinea secured the win with a goal from Aguibou Camara.

Algeria will be without key players Riyad Mahrez, Youcef Belaili, and Islam Slimani, who were omitted for technical reasons.

Despite being a team that has appeared in four World Cups (1982, 1986, 2010, and 2014), their recent defeat to Guinea could boost the Cranes’ morale.

Algeria’s absence from the last two World Cups (2018 and 2022) adds pressure on head coach Vladimir Petkovic, making this a crucial match for their campaign.

Note:
The nine group winners will qualify automatically for the FIFA World Cup 26. The four best runners-up will then compete for one place at the FIFA Play-Off Tournament.

How To Watch
The game will be broadcast live on FUFA TV in Uganda, ENT Television and TV 6 in Algeria.

Those online, these qualifiers can be accessed on FIFA+

Watch Uganda Cranes last training and interviews:

Probable Lineups

Uganda – Ismail Watenga, Kenneth Ssemakula, Isaac Muleme, Halid Lwaliwa, Elio Capradossi, Ronald Ssekiganda, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Rogers Mato, Travis Mutyaba, Shaban Muhammad, Steven Mukwala

Algeria – Anthony Mandrea, Aissa Mandi, Mohamed Tougai, Ramiz Zerrouki, Amine Gouiri, Said Benrahma, Yacine Brahimi, Yassine Benzia, Nabil Bentaleb, Rayan Ait Nouri, Youcef Atal

Meetings:
*14 Jan 1968: Algeria 4-0 Uganda (Africa Cup of Nations)
*27 May 1973: Uganda 2-1 Algeria (International Friendly)
*28 Jun 1973: Uganda 2-0 Algeria (International Friendly)
*28 Oct 1973: Uganda 2-1 Algeria (Africa Cup of Nations)
*11 Nov 1973: Algeria 1-1 Uganda (Africa Cup of Nations)
*12 Nov 1994 : Uganda 1-1 Algeria (Africa Cup of Nations)
*02 Jun 1995: Algeria 1-1 Uganda (Africa Cup of Nations)
*02 Oct 1998: Uganda 2-1 Algeria (Africa Cup of Nations)
*04 Oct 1998: Uganda 2-1 Algeria (Africa Cup of Nations)
*20 Jun 1999: Algeria 2-0 Uganda (Africa Cup of Nations)
*24 Sep 2002: Algeria 1-1 Uganda (International Friendly)
*25 Jan 2003: Uganda 0-1 Algeria (International Friendly)
*26 Jan 2003: Uganda 0-1 Algeria (International Friendly)
*04 Jun 2022: Algeria 2-0 Uganda (Africa Cup of Nations)
*18 Jun 2023: Uganda 1-2 Algeria (Africa Cup of Nations)

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