Godfrey Walusimbi of Uganda evades challenge from Mahmoud Hassan of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Egypt and Uganda at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 21 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Thursday Apr 20, 2017. 10:30
Ethiopia will host Uganda Cranes in an international friendly on June 3 at the Addis Ababa National Stadium.
The two teams will use the friendly match to prepare for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers which kick-off the same month.
Edgar Watson, the Uganda FA chief Executive Officer told AfricanFootball.com on Thursday that the Ethiopia FA has accepted to have the game before the Ugandan team flies to Dakar to battle Senegal three days later in another build-up game.
Head coach ‘Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic said it is very important to play these two international build-up games before the team takes on Cape Verde in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
“These will be a very timely build-up games which will give the players good mileage in the legs,” added Sredojevic.
The last time Uganda faced Ethiopia it ended in a 1-1 draw in Kampala during an international friendly in 2016. Sredojevic’s team also last faced Senegal during the 2014 World cup play-off qualifier in Marakesh, Morocco when Senegal won 1-0.
Senegal were eliminated by eventual champions Cameroon at the quarter final stage of the 2017 Afcon, while Uganda Cranes failed to make it out of the group that had Egypt, Ghana and Mali.
Uganda Cranes was drawn in group L along side Cape Verde, Tanzania and Lesotho for the 2019 Afcon qualifiers.