The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has accepted to host South Sudanâ€™s national football team in an international friendly early next month.
Uganda Cranes team that faced Mauritania early this year in an International build-up game in Kampala.
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has accepted to host South Sudan’s national football team in an international friendly early next month.
Mujib Kasule, the Vice President in-charge of the League and chairman technical committee of the Uganda FA confirmed to URN this afternoon that they have accepted South Sudan’s request to play the game.
The South Sudan team will use the International friendly against the Cranes to prepare for their first leg 2014 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) preliminary round qualifier against Eritrea.
South Sudan who will be making their maiden appearance in Afcon qualifiers will face Eritrea on April 11th in Asmara before the return leg is played in Juba. Kasule said the South Sudan FA wrote to them requesting for the game and FUFA replied and is only waiting for the date.
South Sudan became an independent country in July 201. Seven months later, February 2012, they were admitted into the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and three months after that became FIFA members.
They hosted Uganda Cranes in their first International friendly the same year and drew 2-2. But they have participated in two Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup competitions and struggled to impress.
Kasule said after the South Sudan FA confirms the date of the match, then the hosts will summon a team that will start preparations. Uganda who will start the Afcon qualifiers at the second round of the preliminary round early this month lost 2-1 away to former African champions Zambia in Ndola.