Tanzania: Okwi, Juuko to test abilities against Spanish giants Sevilla FC

By Brian Aheebwa

Uganda Cranes striker Emmanuel Okwi and defender Murushid Jjuko have a chance of a life to play against Spanish giants Seville when their employers Simba Sports Club host the La Liga outfit on Thursday.

Sevilla became the first Spanish side to visit Tanzania after arriving in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday ahead of a three-day tour, as part of the La Liga World Challenge programme.

Simba FC are the 2018/2019 season champions of the Tanzanian native football League, Seville manager Joaquin Caparrós congratulated them while at a press conference in Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

“I want to congratulate Simba FC for winning the league. Everyone in football knows that is no mean feat. We want the match to be a true show and for the people to enjoy themselves. I hope there’ll be no injuries,” Caparros said.

Sevilla’s 18-man squad includes Spanish international and World Cup winner Jesus Navas, who also wasn’t shy of talking about this African inspiration.

“The most important people would be the fans, we really want the fans to enjoy the game. This is a team who has won the league,” Navas said.

“I have been with Yaya Touré and other teammates who taught me a lot in Sevilla and Manchester – I had a great time with them and they taught me a lot.

“I also have a great relationship with Kanouté – the other week he was in my home and he’s an incredible person,” he added.

The encounter is part of the La Liga World Challenge powered by SportPesa initiative, and forms part of the wider La Liga World Challenge project, which aims to promote Spanish football throughout the world.

After this encounter with Sevilla FC, Jjuko and Okwi will linkup with the rest of their Uganda Cranes teammates in Abu Dhabi, in preparations for the 2019 Total African Cup of Nations s in Egypt.

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