International Friendly, October 2
Iraq vs Uganda Amman-Jordan
Next week’s international friendly that pits Uganda against Asian giants Iraq has been taken to Amman, Jordan according to the local FA.
The venue was selected in a bid to avoid incidents of two months ago when World soccer governing body FIFA stopped Uganda Cranes from visiting Baghdad, Iraq for a friendly due to security concerns in Iraq.
“It’s true we have re-secured an international build up for the pool of players from whom we shall chose teams for the Nairobi Cecafa and 2014 Africa Nations Championship in South Africa squads,” Mujib Kasule a FUFA Vice President confirmed to RED Pepper Online snoops in a phone chat.
In July, FIFA banned Iraq from holding any games in their stadiums because of security concerns.
But when asked why Uganda had reconsidered facing the war-ravaged country, the former Cranes defender insisted Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic had the best intentions out of the game and the Serb could only reveal a simple reply; “We have managed to secure a friendly match against Iraq which will take place in and we hope to use this match to expose our players who might make it on the squad for the 2014 Africa Nations Championship in South Africa.”
“Just know it will help us prepare ourselves,” he added when we pressed him harder on the Iraq choice.
“We have a title to defend.
Micho hopes to also hope to have two more international build-up games before heading to Nairobi, Kenya in late November for the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup title.