Uganda play Egypt tonight
Posted Monday, September 30 2013 at 01:00
Uganda hastily land Pharaohs friendly in a dramatic turn of events. But one of the more experienced players on
the team, Guma, misses the trip through injury.
Some of Uganda’s international friendly games have fallen off like a pack of cards lately. Since Micho Sredojevic took
over the mantle in May, the Cranes have faced Libya, Egypt and Botswana in friendlies.
An earlier one between Uganda and Iraq in July was also cancelled after Fifa banned games in Baghdad citing insecurity.
Now the Cranes take on the Pharaohs tonight at Airforce Stadium in Cairo in a surprise turn of events before connecting
to Amman, Jordan to face off with Iraq.
“We shall play Egypt tomorrow evening (tonight) on our way to play Iraq,” confirmed Micho. “I’m happy that amongst other
countries Egypt chose us as their best partners before playing Ghana.” Egypt face Ghana in October and November in the
play-offs of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. “We need as many friendly internationals as possible to expose ours boys,”
added Micho, “We shall then connect to Amman and play Iraq and return immediately after the match.”
The Cranes are using these friendlies to prepare for Cecafa due December in Nairobi and Africa Nations Championship
(Chan) in South Africa, January.
Meanwhile, one of the most experienced players on the provisional 31-man squad Denis Guma was not on the 18-player team
that left for Egypt last evening. The defender-cum-midfielder is nursing an ankle injury picked while on duty with his
SCVU club. Six other players including promising striker Francis Olaki failed to travel because they did not have
The 18-man squad travelling
GOALKEEPERS: Brian Bwete (URA), Benjamin Ochan (SCVU)
DEFENDERS: Hassan Waswa (Express) Simon Namwanja (Proline), Savio Kabugo (SCVU), Richard Kasagga (Kira), Yusuf Mukisa
(Proline), Jonathan Mugabi (URA), Ayub Kisalita (SC Villa), Nicholas Wadada (Vipers)
MIDFIELD: Joseph Mpande (Vipers), Brian Nkumbi (Kira), Feni Moses Ali (URA), Saidi Kyeyune (URA), Brian Majwega (KCC),
Manko Kaweesa (SCVU)
STRIKERS: Frank Kalanda (URA), Simon Okwi (SCVU)
Egypt vs Uganda, 8pm
Iraq vs Uganda