The long awaited Egypt-Uganda international friendly match has finally been confirmed for March 30 in Khartoum City, Sudan. The Cranes team comprising mainly home based players has started training in Nakivubo War Memorial stadium this Saturday morning.
The game had earlier been scheduled for February but called off due to the insecurities in Cairo. Attempts were later made to have the same game played in Qatar but the efforts did not also yield results. Our official match agents, Sports Global Management (SGM) based in Geneva with regional offices in Nairobi have now confirmed to us the new date and venue. The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) will use this international friendly to try some new players based within and outside Uganda.
Among the expected new players on trial are Kizito Fabian Derrick playing in The Netherlands, Ndoro Tonny featuring for Young Africans in Tanzania and Lwanyaga Ronnie Martins who plays for Al-Merreikh in Sudan among others. FUFA is much aware of the seniority of the Egyptian side that has been together for long but the main focus here is to grant our home based players an international exposure as we look forward to the selection of the CHAN team.
The invited players include Kimera Ali, Hamza Muwonge, Denis Guma, Walusimbi Godfrey, Kimuli Robert, Luzige Edgar, Bengo Steven, Ssemakula Noah, Emuge Israel, Mpima Sakka, Omondi Sapeo Ceaser, Kazibwe Ismail, Okhuti Ceaser, Luwagga Kizito, Kirabira Isaac, Saddam Juma, Kizito Fabian, Lwanyaga Ronnie Martins, Ndoro Tonny, Wadada and Kakembo Jimmy.
Al-Merreikh player, Mike Mutyaba will join the team in Khartoum. The URA players have been left out in order to concentrate on their continental campaign.