Uganda set up Kazakhstan friendly after impressive run
June 29. Goal
By J. M. Somoni
The two teams will use the match for their respective European and African qualifying matches
The Uganda national team, the Cranes, will travel to play Kazakhstan in an international friendly match on August 10, 2011.
Kazakhstan, part of the former Soviet Union, are preparing for a Group A Euro 2012 qualifier against Turkey in September. They are currently bottom of the six-team group with three points, a massive 15 behind leaders Germany after six matches. In contrast, Cranes lead Group J with 10 points and have not lost a game in their Nations Cup qualifying campaign.
According to the Daily Monitor, the Cranes’ good run has convinced the Kazakhstan soccer federation that they can give their team a stern test ahead of the Turkey game.
A source told the paper that Kazakhstan wrote to the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) last week in regards to the arrangement.
“Kazakhstan has requested Fufa that they bring a strong side,” the source said. “They expect 80% of the national team (Cranes) to be regular players.”
The European nation will send air tickets to all regular Cranes players in various countries so as to have a strong side for the match.