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Cranes-Iraq Friendly Called-off

The international friendly game that had been fixed for July 9 between Uganda and Iraq has been called-off after the world football body, FIFA banned Iraq from having matches at home because of insecurity.
The international friendly game that had been fixed for July 9 between Uganda and Iraq has been called-off after the world football body, FIFA banned Iraq from having matches at home because of insecurity.

Mujib Kasule, the Vice President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) and a member of the technical committee told Uganda Radio Network that they have no choice but to call off the friendly. Kasule says FUFA tried to have the game moved to another country, but that there wasn’t enough time.

Uganda had hoped to use the match to prepare their second string side for the 2014 African Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifier against Tanzania.

Kasule said they are now trying to line up Rwanda as an alternative. He says the CHAN team needs a build-up game to prepare them better adding added that they will have no option but to simply prepare the team if the friendly games fail.

On Wednesday, after the Uganda and Iraq Football Associations had concluded plans for the friendly, Fifa announced they had banned all friendly matches in Iraq because of the recent attacks in stadiums.

The Cranes will play away to Taifa Stars of Tanzania on July 13 in Dar es Salaam in the first leg of the CHAN qualifier, before the return leg on July 26 at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole. The winner will automatically qualify for the 2014 CHAN competition in South Africa.

The other games in the region in the CHAN qualifier will involve Rwanda against Ethiopia, while Burundi faces Sudan.

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