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Uganda gears up for FIFA World Cup qualifier against Kenya******
KAMPALA, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic has named his final squad for a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Kenya on November 11.。
Sredojevic told Xinhua on Monday that the match means so much for his team because it will determine if they still have a chance or not.。
"This is like a final because Kenya has nothing to lose. They will come with pride and are ready to spoil the party," Sredojevic said.。
Uganda, who will host Harambee Stars at the St. Mary's Stadium, Kitende near the capital Kampala, are second in Group E with 8 points behind Mali who have 10 points.。
"We need to push forward and also be very cautious at the back and defend well because this is not the time to make mistakes," said Sredojevic.。
The team will miss experienced defender Murushid Juuko who is still serving a suspension, while midfielder Tadeo Lwanga who features for Simba SC in the Tanzania Premier League is nursing an injury.。
After the group stage of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers for Africa, 10 teams will compete in the final phase in March 2022 to decide the five slots available for the continent.。
The Ugandan squad has Charles Lukwago, Isma Watenga, Mathias Kigonya, and Joel Mutakubwa as goalkeepers.。
The defenders are Denis Iguma, Gavin Kizito Mugweri, Isaac Muleme, Abdul-Aziizi Kayondo, Timothy Denis Awany, Bevis Mugabi, Livingstone Mulondo, Halid Lwaliwa, Kenneth Semakula, and Geofrey Waswa.。
The midfielders are Khalid Aucho, John Revita, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Mahad Kakooza, Moses Waiswa, Shafik Kuchi Kagimu, Allan Okello, and Julius Poloto.。
The forwards are Fahad Bayo, Yunus Junior Sentamu, Steven Desse Mukwala, Ibrahim Orit, Martin Kizza, and Milton Karisa. Enditem。
CBA Roundup: Guangdong moves past Zhejiang, Shanxi upsets Xinjiang******
ZHUJI, China, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Defending champions the Guangdong Southern Tigers routed the Zhejiang Golden Bulls 110-94 in the third round of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) here on Thursday, extending their unbeaten record in the new season.
Ren Junfei led the Guangdong scoring with 20 points, with Zhao Rui adding 18 points. Zhu Xuhang pitched in a game-high 31 points for Zhejiang.
Both teams smashed their opponents in the previous round, yet their eye-catching clash turned out to be one-sided for Guangdong.
After a close 61-58 first half, Guangdong hit a 14-4 run at the beginning of the third quarter to lead the game by double-digit for the first time. Zeng Fanri and Ren Junfei's points in the paint stretched their lead to near 20 points as Zhejiang struggled to find their rhythm on the offense end.
Zhejiang managed a few shots later, but Guangdong maintained its dominance until the final whistle.
"I appreciate the energy of Zhejiang's young players, and I hope our young players can learn from that," said Guangdong coach Du Fen.
Elsewhere on Thursday, the Shanxi Loongs smashed the Xinjiang Flying Tigers 112-97.
Shanxi came out strong right after the game whistle, nailing a three-pointer and eight consecutive points in the paint and built a seven point advantage entering the second quarter, where they took advantage of Xinjiang's problematic defense for a 41-52 advantage.
Although Shanxi struggled in offense at the beginning of the third quarter, Yuan Shuai and Xing Zhiqiang gradually recovered their form beyond the arc and helped Shanxi resist the comeback effort by Xinjiang.
Kahlil Felder had 25 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists for Shanxi, while Yu Dehao led Xinjiang with 20 points. He also contributed 12 rebounds and eight assists.
Also on Thursday, the Tianjing Pioneers defeated the Qingdao Eagles 91-79, the Guangzhou Loong Lions edged the Beijing Royal Fighters 102-98, the Shenzhen Aviators dominated the Jiangsu Dragons 107-85, and the Liaoning Flying Tigers beat the Jilin Northeast Tigers 103-88. Enditem