Cranes Off To Zimbabwe For Afcon Build-Up

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Uganda Cranes team traveled on Monday morning to Harare ahead of an international friendly against Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

Uganda Cranes team traveled on Monday morning to Harare ahead of an international friendly against Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

"The game against Zimbabwe will help us prepare better ahead of the crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Botswana on June 4th," coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic told URN.

Striker Lorenzen Melvyn who features for Germany Bundesliga side Werder Bremen will be looking forward to make his debut for the national team. The 21-year old is yet to get clearance from the Germany government to feature for Uganda in the Afcon qualifier. His father is a Ugandan, while the mother is a German.

Uganda are second in Group D with seven points just like Burkina Faso who have a better head to head since they beat Uganda 1-0. Mike Azira who plies his trade in the US with Colorado Rapids and Vietnam based attacking midfielder Moses Oloya will miss the trip.

"We are going to work hard in the friendly and also make sure we get a win away in Botswana because we need to keep on track to qualify for Afcon," said skipper Geoffrey Massa.

The South African based striker said this is a good chance for Uganda to feature in Africa's biggest tournament if the team wins the two remaining games against Botswana and Comoros.