Uganda have finally given up on a friendly match before the Africa Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier away to Tanzania.
The two East African neighbours face off this Saturday at the National Stadium in the first leg of the qualifiers to the home-based players tournament to be hosted in South Africa next year.
Uganda had earlier secured a friendly with Iraq in Baghdad but it was called off after world soccer body Fifa banned all home matches until further notice citing the increasing insecurity in the Asian country.
Fufa had hoped to secure a last minute friendly with Rwanda before the Saturday clash but the two federations failed to agree on certain terms like where to play the game from.
Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic was clearly disappointed with the news. “Of course we wanted to test these boys before the game against Tanzania,” he told supersport.com.
“But I believe in these players, they have showed commitment and I trust them to give their best.”
Uganda eliminated Tanzania en route to the 2011 edition in Sudan and Micho will hope for some sort of déjà vu.
The team is scheduled to depart Kampala for Dar es Salaam on Thursday, with the return leg scheduled for July 27.