Gabon, Slovakia To Test Cranes

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The Uganda Cranes will have the chance to be tested by Gabon and Slovakia in the early international friendly matches lined-up.

The Uganda Cranes will have the chance to be tested by Gabon and Slovakia in the early international friendly matches lined-up.

Coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic's team will start their campaign of build-up games ahead of the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) with a game against Afcon hosts Gabon on December 29th before taking on Libya and Tunisia on January 1 and 4th respectively.


They will wind-up with a game against African champions Ivory Coast on January 11 all to be played in Dubai, UAE. The Slovakia team qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the Euro 2016 Championship.


"This will be a very good build-up as we prepare for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. We are hoping that all the logistical aspect is handled quickly by the government so that these games can be played," Sredojevic told URN.

Uganda are grouped alongside Egypt, Ghana and Mali for the 2017 Afcon and will be based in Port Gentil when the event runs January 14 to February 5th.


Besides hosts Gabon, the other nations that qualified for the 2017 Afcon include; Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Senegal, Togo, DR Congo, Morocco, Ghana, Mali, Egypt and defending champions Ivory Coast.