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Hosts Tunisia will today give Uganda Cranes a real test when the two sides face-off in an international friendly match at the Menzah Olympic Stadium.

Hosts Tunisia will today give Uganda Cranes a real test when the two sides face-off in an international friendly match at the Menzah Olympic Stadium.

Fresh from a training camp in Spain, the Carthage Eagles will be eager to prove a point to the home fans and also give head coach Henryk Kasperczak a boost ahead of the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Gabon.

The Cranes will be without first choice goalkeeper Denis Onyango who will be traveling today from Uganda for the CAF Awards in Nigeria. "The game against Tunisia will help us assess who will make the final 23-man squad," said coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic.

Second choice goalkeeper Robert Odonkara who features for St George in Ethiopia also boosted the team on Tuesday when he arrived from his base in Addis Ababa.  Sredojevic told URN that he is optimistic his team will deliver because they have had good training both in Uganda and in Tunisia.

Striker Junior Yunus Ssentamu who has impressed the technical bench is likely lead the Cranes attack ahead of skipper Geoffrey Massa who is not enjoying good form. shown

For the home side Kasperczak will also keep a close watch on recalled midfielder Youssef Msakni who now plies his trade in Qatar and Syam Ben Youssef.

The Carthage Eagles played two friendly matches against the Catalonia and the Basque select sides in Spain before flying back for the Cranes match.

The Eagles and the Cranes last met in the 2000 Afcon qualifiers where the Cranes lost 6-0 in Tunis on February 27, 1999 and 0-2 in Kampala over a month later on April 10. In the other Afcon meetings between the two sides, the North Africans emerged victorious with a 3-0 drubbing in January 1962 and a 3-1 win in March 1978.

The Tunisian team, which has had a successful run of ten matches without defeat, will play its final preparatory match against Egypt in Cairo on January 8, before flying out to Gabon on January 11. The Cranes will also have two other games against Slovakia and Ivory Coast in the United Arab Emirates before heading to Gabon