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Uganda lineup friendly with Ivory Coast in Afcon build-up

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Cranes Head coach Sebastien Desabre confirmed that an international friendly has been lined up for Uganda Cranes to play Ivory Coast on Saturday, 15th June 2019.

“We shall play two friendly matches against an unnamed opponent on 9th June 2019 and then with Ivory Coast on 15th June 2019 before flying to Cairo,” the Frenchman said during a media Q&A session.

Both teams will use the match to prepare for the upcoming 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) that starts on 21st June in Egypt.

The two teams last met in January 2017 when Ivory Coast defeated Uganda Cranes 3-0 in Abu Dhabi, in a game which was also a buildup to the 2017 Afcon.

Uganda are in Group A alongside the hosts Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe while Ivory Coast are in Group D alongside Morocco, Namibia and South Africa.

Meanwhile, Desabre will name the list of 26 players on 21st May 2019 (including foreign-based players) for the Abudabhi camp from which 23 players will make the final Squad to Egypt for the AFCON Finals.

The team is already in a residential camp which will take a fortnight in which period two practice games will also be played on Thursday 23rd May against the COSAFA bound Cranes and the second one on the 25th May 2019 with a team yet to be known at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

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Saturday, 15th June 2019

Ivory Coast vs Uganda

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