Copper Bullets to Test Uganda Cranes Ahead of World Cup Qualifiers

Zambia defeated Uganda during a Chan group match in January

Uganda Cranes and Zambia’s Chipolopolo test strength ahead of their respective Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers coming up over the weekend.

The Cranes will take on Congo Brazzaville at Namboole while the Copper Bullets connect to Cameroon. Both matches will be played on Saturday 12th November.

Team Form
The hosts picked a point from a barren opener in Tamale against Ghana but the Zambians were unlucky to lose all the three points to Nigeria in Ndola. Coach Micho’s boys have not won any of their last four international matches prior to a competitive match.

Eight local based players were dropped from the Cranes camp to give room for the 19 foreign based who had started trickling in over the weekend.

Intact Farouk Miya and assistant captain Dennis Onyango made to the squad late at night. Only three including centre back Murushid Jjuuko, cost Mike Azira, tadalafil Ronald Mukiibi had not arrived and were expected to join team on Tuesday.

Like it has been the norm, Micho is expected to give more time to trialists like Shafiq Batambuze, Shaban Muhammad among others.

“Zambia will five a true picture of what to expect on Saturday. It’s also a chance for some players to prove their worth. We shall give equal opportunity to everyone who has been called up,” Micho said about the friendly.

The two countries have met four times in the last four years, Zambia reigning in three and only one draw. The Chipolopolo denied Cranes a slot in the 2013 Afcon through a dramatic penalty shootout that followed an aggregate 1-1 result after two legs.

Zambia defeated Uganda earlier this year in one of the Africa Championship group games in Rwanda.

Zambian coach Wedson Nyirenda lauded the level of improvement in the Cranes team and expects a tougher challenge than it was in the past. The Zambians come from a 1-0 loss to Cosafa neighbours Zimbabwe last Saturday.

“I must say Uganda is a great team, they have improved a lot in the past five years. They qualified for African cup of Nations and we failed and you realise there has been progress over the years,” he said.

Form Guide.
Uganda- DLWDWL
Zambia- LLDLWL

Head to Head

23rd Jan 2016 (Chan)-Uganda 0-1 Zambia
05th Mar 2014 (Friendly)- Zambia 2-1 Uganda
13th Oct 2012 (Afcon Q)-Uganda 1(8)-0(9) Zambia
08th Sep 2012 (Afcon Q)- Zambia 1-0 Uganda
11th Aug 2010 (Friendly)- Uganda 1-1 Zambia


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