Uganda will play Mauritania on today, Thursday January 2rd in a pre- 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) friendly.
The match will be played in Namboole National Stadium, where the local Uganda Cranes have been camping since returning from the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in mid December 2013.
The Local Cranes will leave Kampala on 9 January and head to their tournament base in Cape Town. After the the encounter, the visitors also head to South Africa to set camp ahead of the tournament that will run from January 11 to February 1.
Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic told Red Pepper Online Sport that the game will help his players get some valuable game time ahead of the CHAN event.
“It is unfortunate we did not have many friendly games, but we are happy to get one before we travel to South Africa,” added the Serb. Former skipper of the team Hassan Wasswa Mawanda who returned from Vietnam recently is expected to lead the team together with skipper Dennis Iguma.
The Mauritania team, that beat Rwanda League champions Rayon Sport 2-1 on Tuesday in Kigali, will be led by Fan Yacoub and Taky Mohamed. Mauritania’s success has been credited to Frenchman and ex-Guinea and DR Congo coach Patrice Neveu who has been in charge of the team since 2012.
Neveu guided Mauritania to a historical first-ever qualification to an international tournament after 53 years of independence with qualification to CHAN after defeating Liberia and Senegal en route to South Africa.
Mauritania is in Group D together with Burundi, Gabon and Democratic Republic of Congo and will play their group games in Polokwane.