The aerial view at Star Times Stadium, Lugogo Credit: Courtesy

2018 CHAN Qualifiers:

  • 1st Leg (14th July 2017): South Sudan Vs Uganda – Juba Stadium, Juba
  • 2nd Leg (22nd July 2017): Uganda Vs South Sudan – Phillip Omondi Stadium, Lugogo – Kampala
[/media-credit] A bulk of players in the Uganda Premier League will be considered Credit: Kawowo Sports

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has on Wednesday confirmed the venue for the return leg of the 2018 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) qualifier between Uganda and South Sudan.

The astro turf surfaced Phillip Omondi Stadium in Kampala will host the return leg slated for 22nd July 2017.

The confirmation was made during a press conference at FUFA House on Wednesday in Kampala.

Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic is expected to assemble a formidable team from the Uganda Premier League.

Striker Emmanuel Okwi who has been signed by Tanzania’s Simba Sports club and a host of players who have migrated to the Kenya Premier league will definitely not be part of the team.

However, a big bulk of players still in Uganda are available for duty and will surely present a selection headache for the coach.

Vipers’ right back Nico Wadada Wadada and shot stopper Ismail Watenga, SC Villa’s Bernard Muwanga, KCCA’s goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan Timothy Awany, Isaac Muleme, Geofrey Sserunkuma and Derrick Nsibambi all of whom traveled with the senior team to the recent AFCON 2017 group L qualifier against Cape Verde are sure cards to be on the CHAN team.

Uganda overcame Cape Verde away 1-0 courtesy of Sserunkuma’s 83rd minute calm finish off a teasing well laid ball from the overlapping left back Godfrey ‘Jaja Walu’ Walusimbi of Kenyan side, Gor Mahia.

As a build up tour, Uganda Cranes will play a Western region select side at the Kabale Municipal stadium on 8th July 2017 in the famous Airtel code named national regional tours (Cranes Na-mutima).

South Sudan will host the first leg at the Juba Stadium on 14th June 2017 with the return leg slated for Kampala after just 7 days.

The successful winner on aggregate will face either Tanzania or Rwanda for the final double legged qualifiers whose victor will book a berth at the CHAN 2018 tournament in Kenya.

Uganda has qualified for the CHAN tournament on three different occasions in 2011 (Sudan), 2013 (South Africa) and lately Rwanda 2015.

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

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