By Allan Damba
Uganda Cranes will return to international action on June 10, 2021, when they visit South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in a friendly at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
Uganda will be under Abdallah Mubiru’s guidance who is in the office on interim basis. FUFA is yet to appoint a permanent head coach after sacking Johnathan Mcckinstry in March.
The Cranes will use the June international match window to further fine-tune the squad ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers that get underway in September 2021.
In their World Cup qualification group, the Cranes are in the company of fellow East Africans Rwanda and Kenya and West African giants Mali.
This particular friendly comes as the perfect preparation before the first qualification game against Kenya in Nairobi in September.
Following retirements of senior national team players like former captain Dennis Onyango, Hassan Wasswa, and Mike Azira, questions linger on whether new faces will be summoned as the team embarks on a rebuild.
This is the first match for the Cranes since getting dumped out of the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers by Malawi on March 29, courtesy of Richard Mbulu’s lone strike.
It is also the first for the hosts since suffering a 2-0 humiliation at the hands of Sudan in Khartoum in March, ending their quest for the 2021 Cameroon AFCON.
South Africa’s newly appointed boss Hugo Broos has already summoned a 19-player youthful team for the encounter as he keeps his promise of giving youngsters chances.
Broos is also geared up for the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifications. South Africa lies in a group G alongside Ghana, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. They will also feature at the Tokyo Olympics.