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El Gouna To Host Egypt-Cranes International Friendly

Uganda Cranes have landed an international friendly against African giants Egypt on August 14. The game will be played in the Coastal town of El Gouna, some 430km outside Cairo because of the security tensions in the Capital.
Uganda Cranes have landed an international friendly against African giants Egypt on August 14.

The game will be played in the Coastal town of El Gouna, some 430km outside Cairo because of the security tensions in the Capital.

Since the military toppled civilian President Mohamed Morsi in early July, nearly 300 people have been killed in violence and the capital Cairo may not be safe to host any football games.

A top FUFA official told Uganda Radio Network this morning that the build-up game has been confirmed ahead of the Cranes clash with Senegal in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.  

When contacted, head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic also said the team had finally secured a friendly with Egypt. The Serbian born coach said he needs to start assembling the team and also get in contact with some of the professional players ahead of this game.

The Cecafa regional champions Uganda will use the game to prepare for their big clash against Senegal, while Egypt will also prepare before taking on Guinea in Group G.

Sredojevic’s team revived their hopes of qualifying for the last phase of the 2014 World Cup after two home wins against Liberia and Angola in June.

The Cranes who are second in Group J with 8 points need an outright win against table leaders Senegal on September 7 to be able to qualify for the next phase of the qualifiers. The game will be played in a neutral ground of Marrakech, Morocco.

Egypt is already through to the next round after picking 15 points in Group G, while second placed Guinea has 10 points.

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