Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic is confident the two friendlies that the team will have during this international break will help improve his squad.
The cranes take on Kenya’s Harambee stars in an international friendly game before playing against the French Military team two days later.
Uganda will play neighbours Kenya on Thursday (23rd March 2017) at Jomo Kenyatta stadium in Machakos.
Micho believes the games create a platform where more players can be identified so as to widen the pool of players for the national team.
This international match against Kenya and the others in March are the only games where we can test, try and experiment players with the intention to widen the pool of players ahead of the June AFCON qualifier against Cape Verde in Praia, the July/August CHAN 2018 qualifiers and the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers of August/September,” he said as quoted by Fufa official website.
With a number of new faces on the team like Viper’s duo of Milton Karisa and Moses Waiswa, Micho indicates this could be the chance for them to break into the senior team.
On the other hand, Stanley Okumu the Harambee stars coach is preparing the team that will play at the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) while also bearing in mind the upcoming 2019 AFCON qualifiers.
Kenya will host this year’s CHAN and Okumu named a couple of several players from the domestic league while also adding a number of foreign based players including skipper Vicent Wanyama
Joseph Ochaya who completed his move to Lusaka Dynamos this week has since opted out of the squad and was replaced by enterprising midfielder Martin Kiiza from SC Villa.
Benjamin Ochan (KCCA), Isma Watenga (Vipers)
Nico Wakiro Wadada (Vipers), Timothy Denis Awany (KCCA), Habib Kavuma (KCCA), Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), Shafiq Batambuze (Tusker, Kenya), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya)
Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Nijmeh, Lebanon), Crizestom Ntambia (Jimma Aba Buna), Yassar Mugerwa (Saint George, Ethiopia), Moses Waiswa (Vipers), Muzamil Mutyaba (KCCA), Martin Kiiza (SC Villa), Brian Majwega (KCCA)
Geofrey Sserunkuma (KCCA), Emmanuel Okwi Arnold (SC Villa), Milton Karisa (Vipers)