KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
The Uganda FA has confirmed that the
national team will face Guinea in their first
international friendly match on January 6th
in Rabat, Morocco.
Ahmed Hussein, spokesman of the FA
told Xinhua that instead of facing Cameroon as had
earlier been planned, the team will now face Guinea and
later Congo Brazzaville three days later as they prepare
ahead of the 2018 Total Africa Nations Championship
Hussein said that the two build up
matches are geared towards assessing the players’
readiness for the main tournament. Newly appointed coach
Sebastien Desabre will use the two matches to access his
players and also adapt a team strategy ahead of the
The CHAN tournament which will bring
together 16 national teams will run from January 13 to
February 4 in four towns of Morocco. Uganda who will be
based in Marrakech will play alongside Zambia, Namibia
and Cote d’Ivoire in Group B.
It will be Uganda’s fourth appearance
at the Africa Nations Championship after making their
debut in 2011 in Sudan. The Cranes also featured in the
2014 event in South Africa and last year in Rwanda.
Uganda who are the best ranked nation in the Council for
East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa)
have however failed to make it past the group stage in
all previous CHAN appearances.
The Africa Nations Championship will
attract Morocco, Mauritania, Guinea, Sudan, Cote
d’Ivoire, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda, Libya, Equatorial
Guinea, Nigeria, Rwanda, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon
and Congo Brazzaville.