Friday Jul 25, 2014. 14:25
Ex-Uganda Cranes skipper Ibrahim Sekagya will have the chance to prove a point when his MLS side New York Red Bulls team hosts English Premiership side Arsenal on Saturday at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, US.
The New York Red Bulls are using the friendly as warm-up ahead of their regular season fixture against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday while Arsene Wenger is using the match for pre-season training.
Sekagya, who retired from the national team in 2012 when the Cranes failed to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after losing out to Zambia in penalties at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, is now a key defender for the MLS side.
Besides Sekagya, former Arsenal captain Thierry Henry will also face his former London employers.
Henry, 36, had many some fine moments during his prime with the Gunners, but for him, there was nothing more special than merely being a part of the storied club.
“It was a privilege for me,” Henry said. “It was unbelievable. I felt like a different man in that shirt.”
Arsenal will hope to build on their FA Cup victory in May and one of their promising talents expected to feature in the game include 17-year-old German-American Gedion Zelalem.
The extraordinary level of competition in the Premiership makes it difficult for Wenger to predict the progress of the other teams.
Despite last year’s success, he says he has to make sure that his team improves.
Speaking about Henry in the US, Arsenal Coach said he a legend of the club.
“When you ask every Arsenal fan who is the player for Arsenal they will tell you Thierry Henry,” Wenger said.