Cranes face Western XI as tour begins
Uganda Cranes begin their regional tours with the first section in Mbarara this Saturday where they will play an exhibition game against the Western select side a day later.
The regional tour dubbed 'Cranes Namutima' is initiated and facilitated by Cranes sponsors Nile Breweries in partnership with Fufa, and is mainly meant to bring the national team closer to their fans.
The second and final leg of the tour moves to Eastern Uganda in Soroti next weekend, where the Cranes will also play an exhibition game.
This is in addition to an international friendly against Malawi on 14 July in Kampala as preparation for the first leg 2015 Afcon qualifier against Equatorial Guinea five days later.
Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic believes the exhibition games will provide his players with a new challenge.
"They need a challenge in a different environment other than Kampala," he said, adding, “moreover to feel directly how Ugandans love their Cranes.
"So when they (players) will see that love, it should push them to stretch over limits to pay love back to Ugandans by results and performance."
The national team doing regional tours has only local-based players.
The Cranes need to win the first leg against Equatorial Guinea in Kampala resoundingly if they are to survive over the two legs and progress to the group stage.
Uganda Cranes Namutima Regional Tour
Sunday, 29 June, 2014
Western Region vs Uganda Cranes
Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara
Time: 3:30 pm