Gambia Plan International Friendly Against Uganda Cranes

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The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) has said they are in talks to have an international friendly against Uganda on June 9th.

The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) has said they are in talks to have an international friendly against Uganda on June 9th.

Modou Lamin Kabba Bajo, the Gambia FA President said on Thursday that talks are still on-going with Uganda to try and have the game. On Wednesday Fufa also announced that they were preparing to have an International friendly against a West African nation that they did not mention.

The friendly will be good exposure for the two teams ahead of the first games of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers. Gambia have several professional players in their squad like forward Modou Secka Barrow who returned to English Premiership side Swansea City from a loan spell at Nottingham Forest and winger Mustapha Carayol who features for English Championship side Middlesbrough.

When contacted Uganda Cranes' head Coach Milutin ‘Micho' Sredojevic refused to disclose details but added that they will announce more about the planned International friendly when all paper work is finalized.

He said the Cranes will use the International friendly to expose the players ahead of their home game against Botswana in the Afcon qualifiers on June 13th. Uganda has been grouped along side Botswana, Comoros and 2013 Afcon finalists Burkina Faso.

The Gambian team was only allowed back last September after their two year suspension for deliberately falsifying players' ages was lifted by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Gambia will stop over in Uganda as they travel to face South Africa in their opening match of the Afcon qualifying campaign.

The Cranes came close to qualifying for the 2015 Afcon tournament before losing the deciding game against Guinea in a match played on a neutral ground in Casablanca, Morocco.