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El Gaish to test Uganda Cranes in Buildup game

Desabre (left) hopes to use the game to assess players’s fitness (Photo by FUFA Media)

Build Up Game

El Gaish SC vs Uganda

Gehaz El Reyada Stadium, Cairo

Wednesday, 20-03-2019 @5:30pm

CAIRO – The Uganda Cranes will continue their preparations for the upcoming AFCON Qualifier against Tanzania with a buildup game against Egyptian outfit El Gaish SC on Wednesday.

Currently camping in Egypt, Uganda have held three training sessions already since arriving on Monday morning.

By the close of the day on Tuesday, only Farooq Miya had not arrived in camp but it is highly anticipated that he should be with the team by the kick of the first ball against El Gaish.

“On Wednesday, we will play a friendly in the afternoon, said Desabre after Tuesday’s evening session.

“It is totally a free friendly because it is against El Gaish and will help us assess some players’ fitness and continue to work on some principles in line with Sunday’s game against Tanzania.

Wednesday’s game will be the second build up game for the Cranes in four days.

Desabre’s side which featured only local based players defeated Kampala Select 4-0 at Lugogo on Saturday in a regional tour game.

With no injuries reported so far, Desabre and his technical team are expected to field a strong side against El Gaish and also make a host of changes in order to assess several players.

Uganda face Tanzania at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday in their last AFCON Qualifier.

The Cranes have already qualified for the Finals proper having gathered 13 points from their first 5 games.

For Tanzania, a win against Uganda will see them make the finals which will be held in Egypt in June, provided Lesotho does not beat Cape Verde in the other Group L game.

Facts about El Gaish:

Tala’ea El Gaish Sporting Club, is an Egyptian sports club based in Cairo, Egypt. The club is mainly known for its professional football team, which currently plays in the Egyptian Premier League, the highest league in the Egyptian football league system.

The club also has a representative basketball team that competes in the Egyptian Basketball Super League.

El Gaish was founded 22 years ago in 1997 and is still yet to win a top flight title. They are managed former Zamalek striker and coach Mohammed Helmy.

They are currently 13th in the Egyptian Premier League standings:

Match Facts:

Uganda has not lost in any of their last six games (W4 D2).

In that period, they are yet to concede a goal whilst scoring 10.

Uganda Cranes players in Egypt as of Tuesday:

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Salim Magoola (Al Hilal, South), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia)

Defenders: Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Timothy Awany (KCCA, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Geofrey Walusimbi (Free Agent), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Kirizestom Ntambi (Ethiopian Coffee), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Churchhill brothers, India), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Free Agent), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers, Uganda), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA, Uganda), Moses Waiswa (Vipers, Uganda), Moses Opondo (Vendsyssel FF, Denmark)

Forwards: Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA, Uganda), Allan Okello (KCCA,Uganda), Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried, Austria), Muhammad Shaban (Raja Casablanca, Morocco), Henry Patrick Kaddu (KCCA, Uganda), Milton Karisa (MC Oujda, Morocco)

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