International Friendly Match:

Tuesday, 31st May 2016

  • Zimbabwe Vs Uganda – Rufaro Stadium, Mbare – Harare
  • 3:00 p.m in Zimbabwe (4:00 p.m, Uganda)

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Zimbabwe hosts Uganda in a friendly at the astro turf of Rufaro stadium in Mbare town, Harare City on Tuesday.

The Zimbabwe national football team, Warriors take on Uganda Cranes in a highly billed international friendly match that will be played on the astro turf arena of Rufaro in the Mbare town inside the heart of the capital city, Harare.

Either country treasures the value of this build up and its timeliness ahead of the AFCON 2017 qualification campaign.

Uganda is due to travel to Zimbabwe’s neighbor, Botswana as the Warriors will host the Flames of Malawi.

Team News:

Uganda:

The Cranes started their preparations a week ago with non residential drills with gym session at Accacia Mall in Kampala.

The training garnered steam with the arrival of Werder Bremen silky forward Melvyn Lorenzen who is eyeing his first cap with the Cranes.

Lorenzen was born in England to a German mother and a Ugandan father (Drake Mugisa) and he is still yet to decide which country to play for.

The speedy process by the Ugandan F.A (FUFA) and immigration department to see him acquire a Ugandan passport is the positive trend nearing the lanky humbled footballer to playing for Uganda.

The team entered residential camp at Sky Hotel in Naalya on Saturday and conducted the very last training session at synthetic KCCA stadium on learning the match will be played at Rufaro.

During the last training, El Merriekh goalie Salim Jamal Magoola skipped the session without any valid reason, and he was apparently dropped by the head coach, Milutin Sredojevic.

St. George duo of Robert Odongkara and Isaac Isinde joined the team at Bole International Airport whilst Orlando Pirates star midfielder, Yassar Mugerwa joined the rest of the players at Harare International Airport in Zimbabwe.

Midfielder Tonny Mawejje and first choice goalkeeper Dennis Onyango are expected in Zimbabwe on Tuesday morning. Mawejje featured in Thróttur Reykjavík’s home 1-0 loss against his former club, IBV.

Mamelodi Sundowns goalie, Onyango will first attend the PSL Awards ceremony in South Africa on Monday night where he is highly tipped for two awards.

Available Uganda Cranes players:

Goalkeepers: Dennis Onyango and Robert Odongkara

Defenders: Denis Iguma, Joseph Ochaya, Wasswa Hassan Mawanda, Juuko Murushid, Isaac Isinde

Midfielders: Luwagga Kizito, Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi, Aucho Khalid, Yassar Mugerwa, Tonny Mawejje

Forwards: Emmanuel Okwi, Erisa Ssekisambu, Davis Kasirye, Geofrey Massa, Faruku Miya, Lorenzen Melvyn, Edris Lubega

Uganda Cranes Probable XI: Robert Odongkara (G.K), Denis Iguma, Joseph Ochaya, Murushid Jjuuko, Isaac Isinde, Khalid Aucho, Tonny Mawejje, William Luwagga Kizito, Faruku Miya, Geofrey Massa, Lorenzen Melvyn

Zimbabwe Team News:

The Warriors entered camp on Sunday and are expected to have only one session under head coach Kallisto Pasuwa.

Like Uganda, they have a couple of players who are expected on Tuesday.

Helsingborg striker Mathew Rusike, Khama Billiat (teammate to Onyango at Mamelodi Sundowns) are all expected on Tuesday, hours to the game.

Zimbabwe Team:

Goalkeepers: Tatenda Mukuruva (Dynamos), Donovan Bernard (How Mine), Tapiwa Chilenga (Triangle)

Defenders: Costa Nhamoinesu (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic), Lawrence Mlanga (Chicken Inn), Hardlife Zvirekwi (Caps United), Bruce Kangwa (Highlanders), Onismo Bhasera (Bidvest Wits, South Africa), Elisha Muroiwa (Dynamos), Teenage Hadebe (Chicken Inn), Blessing Moyo (Harare City)

Midfielders: Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Marvelous Nakamba (Vittese Arnhem, Netherlands), Danny Phiri (Chicken Inn), Kudakwashe Mahachi (Golden Arrows, South Africa), Marshal Mudehwe (Fc Platinum), Farai Madhanhanga (Harare City), Tafadzwa Kutinyu (Chicken Inn), Dzikamai Gwaze (Gornik Zabrze, Poland), Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa)

Strikers: Knowledge (K.V. Oostende, Belgium), Nyasha Mushekwi (Dalian Aerbin, China), Evans Rusike (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Matthew Rusike (Helsingborg IF, Sweden), Cuthbert Malajila (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Tendai Ndoro (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)

Previous Meetings:

The two countries have met eight times, Uganda has a lion’s share of victories (3), three draws and a loss.

The last time of meeting was in CHAN 2016 in Rwanda where Geofrey Sserunkuma’s late-late header salvaged Uganda from the jaws of an imminent defeat.

The four match referees for the this game are all from Zimbabwe.

Match Officials:

Center Referee: Norman Matemera

1st Assistant Referee: Luckson Mhara

2nd Assistant Referee: Claris Simango

4th Official: Weston Mabhande

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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