The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has lined up two friendly games for the Cranes with two countries ahead of the final Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Egypt later this month.
On Monday, Cranes left for Abu Dhabi where they are camping and training. But on Saturday, the team’s tactician, Sebastien Desabre revealed that they will have two friendly matches against West African giants, Ivory Coast and Turkmenistan before flying to Egypt for the tourney.
He said the boys will play against Turkmenistan on June 9 at the New York University stadium in Abu Dhabi but with fans will not be allowed to access the stadium.
He however noted that the organizers of the two friendlies have cleared the fans to watch their heroes when Uganda Cranes takes on Ivory Coast on June 15 from the venue and charges yet to be communicated.
“We must put value to every moment we spend here in Abu Dhabi. The intensity of the training is picking up and that calls for high levels of total discipline. We must prepare very well for the tournament and that is why we have organised two friendlies for the team on 9th and 15th June against very good teams,” said Sebastien on Saturday.
The players had a training earlier today to complete the double sessions planned by the technical team. They will however have a day off tomorrow and will be joined by two more players Kizito Luwagga and Salim Jamal on Sunday while Lumala Abdu and Alexis Bakka will join them on Monday June 3.
AFCON 2019 will start from June 21 to July 19 and Uganda is in group A alongside Zimbabwe, Egypt and DRC.
Cranes will be playing for the second consecutive time after ending the nearly 40 year jinx without playing at the final tournament in 2017.