Right back Allan Drajuwa dribbles during a previous regional tour match away to Kamuli Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

 Uganda Cranes next matches:

  • July 10th – 11th 2017: Western Region Vs Uganda Cranes – Kabale Municipal Stadium (Regional Tour)
  • July 14th – 16th 2017: South Sudan Vs Uganda Cranes – Juba Stadium (CHAN 2018 Qualifier – 1st Leg)
  • July 21st – 23rd 2017: Uganda Cranes Vs South Sudan – Mandela National Stadium (CHAN 2018 Qualifier – 2nd Leg)
[/media-credit] Right back Allan Drajuwa dribbles during a previous regional tour match away to Kamuli Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

In preparation for 2018 African Nations Championship qualifiers, Uganda Cranes is expected to have one Regional Tour in Kabale Municipality.

Western Regional Football Association (WRFA) will host the treasured national team at the Kabale Municipal Stadium early next month.

According to Kibo Media’s Bobkins Kibirige, the in charge official for organizing the Regional Tours, the opportunity has been given to Western Region Football Association.

The regional tours have once again proved to be very successful for our national team.

Due to public demand, Western Region has been granted to chance to host the national team at Kabale stadium which will be a build up for the team’s CHAN 2018 qualifiers.

We expect a mammoth crowd and good football from both sides.

Nico Wakiro Wadada dribbles in a regional tour match against Kitara select in Fort Portal Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

This year alone, the national team has traveled to Eastern Uganda (Kamuli District), Western Uganda (Zombo) and recently in Kitara Region (Fort Portal).

Uganda Cranes fell 1-0 to the West Nile side and recorded identical 3-1 score lines against Eastern and Kitara regions.

Uganda Cranes’ head coach, Milutin Sredejovic is expected to name the team in preparation for the tour and CHAN 2018 qualifiers against South Sudan.

He will also come up with the full training programme.

South Sudan eliminated Somalia 4-1 on aggregate.

The Bright Stars of South Sudan will host the first leg tie between 14th to 16th July, 2017 with the return leg expected a week later in Kampala.

The winner between South Sudan and Uganda after two legs will lock horns with either Rwanda or Tanzania for a slot to the biennial championship that shall be held in Kenya.

The aggregate winner will face either Rwanda or Tanzania for a ticket to the 2018 CHAN finals in Kenya.

Uganda has played at three different CHAN final tournaments since 2011 only missing out in the 2009 edition.

The Cranes played in Sudan (2011), South Africa (2014) and Rwanda (2016) in the tournament only played by players who ply their trade in the respective home countries.

However, the Uganda Cranes have never progressed past the group stages in the three editions played in.

Democratic Republic of Congo is the reigning and record champion (two titles under the belt).

All CHAN Winners:

  • 2009, 2016: Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 2014: Libya
  • 2011: Tunisia

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

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