Angola’s national football team, the Palancas Negras or Black Antelopes, arrive in the country on Thursday ahead of their clash with the Uganda Cranes on Saturday.
The two teams face-off in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
Edgar Watson, the FUFA Chief Executive Officer, told press this afternoon that the Angola team have communicated they will arrive on Thursday. Watson says FUFA is preparing for the visiting team to enjoy their stay here.
Top Angola striker Manucho Goncalves, who features for Spanish side Real Valladolid, is not part of the squad that will travel to Uganda due to injury. Among the players expected in Kampala are Captain Mateus Galiano and Djalma Campus. The duo was instrumental in securing a 1-1 draw against Senegal on Saturday in the other Group J tie. On the same day, Uganda Cranes beat Liberia 1-0 to revive their chances of advancing to the next stage of the qualification campaign.
Senegal now tops the Group with six points followed by the Cranes with five. Liberia and Angola have four points each, though Angola has a superior goal difference.
In a related development, Liberia’s Lone Stars have pitched camp in Uganda till Wednesday when they leave for Monrovia ahead of their match with table leaders Senegal. Rogers Mulindwa, the FUFA Media Officer, said the match officials from Chad had all returned, while the Liberian team is still here undergoing their training session