Cranes, Amavubi throw friendly daggers
Uganda and Rwanda resume their regional rivalry on Saturday when they face off in an international friendly at Namboole Stadium, Kampala.
The two countries are gearing up for Cecafa starting November 27 to December 8 in Nairobi.
Micho Sredojevic’s Uganda Ceanes are also using the friendly as preps for Africa Nations Championship (Chan) in January next year while Eric Nshimiyimana’s Rwanda are testing their team with an eye to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Uganda will also be looking to maintain their unbeaten home record at Namboole which stretches back to 2004 but will be mindful of the fact that Rwanda beat them 1-0 a year before.
Micho will not want to be the one to preside over that unbeaten record crumble. “I know Rwanda are preparing for Cecafa and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and we are preparing for Cecafa and Chan,” said Micho ahead of the game.
“So come Saturday, fans can come to Namboole expecting a great game of football,” added Micho, who will also be facing Rwanda for the first time since being relieved of his duties by the Amavubi in April.
Rwanda will look to Andrew Buteera, Haruna Niyonzima and Meddie Kagere among others to break down the home team while Micho will bank on Brian Majwega, Emmanuel Okwi and Godfrey Walusimbi to guide his hugely inexperienced side.
Previous five encounters between the two
06.02.2013: Rwanda 2-2 Uganda - friendly
10.12.2011: Rwanda 2-2 Uganda, 2-3 via penalties – Cecafa final
13.12.2009: Uganda 2-0 Rwanda – Cecafa final
01.01.2009: Uganda 4-0 Rwanda – Cecafa group game
20.12.2007: Uganda 0-1 Rwanda – Cecafa semis
Cranes probable XI
Benjamin Ochan, Nicholas Wadada, Richard Kasagga, Savio Kabugo, Godfrey Walusimbi, Oscar Agaba, Saidi Kyeyune, Joseph Mpande, Brian Majwega, Emmanuel Okwi, Frank Kalanda
Ismail Watenga, Franco Oringa, Ashadu Bugembe, Julius Ntambi, Rodgers Aloro, Isaac Muleme, Ibrahim Kiiza, Martin Mpuga, Ronnie Kisekka, Ivan Ntege, Yaser Mugerwa, Ayub Kisalita, Tom Matsiko, Muwadda Mawejje, Vincent Kayizzi, Dan Nsubuga
Jean Claude Ndoli (APR), Jean Luc Ndayishimiye (Rayon), Marcel Nzarora (Police), Emmanuel Bwanakweli (Gicumbi), Ngirinshuti Mwemere (AS Kigali), Ismael Nshutiyamagara (APR), Emery Bayisenge (APR), Michel Rusheshangonga (APR), Abouba Sibomana (Rayon), Gabriel Mugabo (Police), Fitina Ombelenga (Kiyovu), Salomon Nirisarike (Royal Antwerp), James Tubane (AS Kigali), Haruna Niyonzima (Yanga), Jean Baptista Mugiraneza (APR), Andrew Buteera (APR), Charles Tibingana (APR), Jean Claude Iranzi (APR), Mohamed Mushimiyimana (AS Kigali), Jimmy Mbaraga (AS Kigali), Hussein Ciza Mugabo (Mukura), Fabrice Twagizimana (Police), Jean d’Amour Uwimana (Police), Michel Ndahinduka (APR), Meddie Kagere (Rayon) and Jacques Tuyisenge (Police)