Nigeria Super Eagles Vs Uganda Cranes
Tuesday, 20th November 2018
Stephen Keshi Stadium, Akwa Ibom (7 PM)
Fresh from qualifying to AFCON 2019 in Cameroon with a game to spare, Uganda Cranes will renew rivalry with the Nigeria Super eagles in an international friendly game at Stephen Keshi Stadium on Tuesday.
It is an affair that pits two nations that confirmed early automatic qualification to 2018 AFCON in Cameroon.
Uganda beat Cape Verde 1-0 at home while the Super Eagles drew 1-all with South Africa as both sides booked their tickets for Africa’s prestigious show piece.
At stake, there are bragging rights and of course, being an international friendly its out come will affect FIFA rankings for the month of November.
Nigeria Super Eagles is currently 44th on the 211 FIFA Member Associations as Uganda Cranes seat 79th.
The last time the two sides met in 2016, Uganda Cranes won the affair 1-0 courtesy of a Farouk Miya lone goal and by look of things, the Super Eagles will be seeking revenge.
Skipper Denis Onyango, Murishid Jjuuko, Faruk Miya and Emmanuel Okwi didn’t make traveling squad to Akwa Ibom because of differing reasons.
Hassan Wasswa Mawanda is expected to skipper the side in Onyango’s absence.
Coach Sebastian Desabre is not resting on his laurels either. He hopes to use the Nigeria friendly to try out a few experiments with his team.
“I want to use the build up against Nigeria to try out a couple of players in the various positions. It will also be an opportune moment for the players to prove their worth ahead of our last qualifier next year and the AFCON finals in Cameroon,” the French man said.
Coach Gernot Rohr doesn’t have Brighton and Hove defender Leon Aderemi Balogun for selection following a knock in the game against South Africa on Saturday at the FNB stadium.
Uganda Cranes Squad in Nigeria:
Goalkeepers: Jamal Salim (Al Hilal, Sudan), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC, Uganda)
Right Back: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania)
Left backs: Godfrey Walusimbi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Isaac Muleme (Haras El Hodood, Egypt)
Central Defenders: Hassan Wasswa (El Geish, Egypt), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Isaac Isinde (Kirinya-Jinja SS, Uganda)
Holding Midfielders: Denis Iguma (Kazma FC, Kuwait), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA FC, Uganda), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC, Uganda)
Offensive Midfielders: Allan Kateregga (Cape Town City, South Africa), Moses Waiswa (Vipers SC, Uganda), Milton Karisa (MC Oujda, Morocco)
Forwards: Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC, Uganda)
Officials: Sebastien Desabre (Head coach), Mathias Lule (Assistant coach), Fred Kajoba (Goalkeeping coach), D’Antonio Jerome (Trainer), Chrispus Muyinda (Team manager)
Nigeria Super Eagles Team:
Vicent Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba Stars), William Paul Troost-Ekong (Udinese), Kenneth Josiah Omeruo (CD Leganes, on loan from Chelsea), Jamilu Collins (Paderborn 07, Germany), Oghenekaro Peter Etebo (Stoke City), Ugochukwu John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er), Alexander Chuka Iwobi (Arsenal), Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia), Kelechi Promise Iheanacho (Leicester City), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United), Isaac Great Success Ajayi (Watford), Henry Chukwuemeka Onyekuru (Galatasatray, on loan from Everton), Samuel Chimerenka Chukwueze (Villarreal CF), Oluwafemi Ajayi (Al Ahly), Mikel Ndubusi Agu (Vitoria De Setubal, on loan from Porto), Brian Oladapo Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow)