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Uganda to face Cameroon in pre-Chan tournament opening

Cranes face host nation in mini-tournament opening as they continue preparations for the Chan competition

Uganda were drawn to face Cameroon in the 2020 Pre-African Nations Championship mini-tournament starting on Friday.

The Cranes, already arrived in Yaoundé, will open the tournament against the host country on January 1 at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaoundé.

They will then resume action on January 4 against Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s Zambia before concluding with a match against Niger on January 7.

Uganda is one of the guest teams for the mini-tournament, which will be used by most participating teams to assess their readiness ahead of the Chan tournament which will also be held in Cameroon.

Cameroon have been pooled in Group A of the Chan tournament with Mali, Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe, while Group B includes Libya, DR Congo, Congo and Niger.

Group C has Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda and Togo while Group D includes Zambia, Guinea, Namibia and Tanzania. Two high-level teams will reach the knockout stage.

The Cranes, who will participate in their fifth consecutive Chan tournament after playing in the 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2018 editions, will face Rwanda on January 18 at the Unification Stadium in Douala, before taking on Togo on January 22. at the same place.

The last group match will take place on January 26 against Morocco.

Tanzania will open their campaign against Zambia on January 18, then face Namibia on January 23 and end their matches against Guinea on January 27, while Cameroon face Zimbabwe in the tournament opening on January 16, face the Mali on January 20 and will end their preliminary matches against Burkina Faso on January 24.

The Cranes have never made it past the group stage of the competition and that is their goal this time around.

The tournament, which exclusively features players from each nation’s respective national championships, was to be hosted by Ethiopia, but was moved to Cameroon after Ethiopian football authorities admitted the country was not ready to host the tournament. ‘event.

The event will be hosted by the cities of Yaoundé, Douala and Limbé and will also serve as a warm-up for Cameroon before the Africa Cup of Nations.

Ugandan team in Cameroon; Goalkeepers: Joel Mutakubwa (Kyetume), Nafian Alionzi (URA) and Tom Ikara (police).

Defenders: Eric Ssenjobe (Police), Aziz Kayondo (Vipers), Derrick Ndahiro (SC Villa), Paul Willa (Vipers), Ashraf Mandela (URA), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers), Mustafa Mujjuzi (Kyetume), Patrick Mbowa (URA), Murushid Juuko (Express), Muhamood Hassan (Police).

Environments: Shafiq Kagimu (URA), Tonny Mawejje (Police), Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers), Karim Watambala (Vipers), Saidi Kyeyune (URA), Hassan Ssenyonjo (Wakiso Giants).

Attackers: Ben Ocen (Police), Ibrahim Orit (Vipers), Vianne Ssekajjugo (Wakiso Giants), Joseph Ssemujju (BUL), Joakim Ojera (URA), Milton Karisa (Vipers), Stephen Mukwala (URA), Mohamed Shaban (Vipers), and Ivan Bogere (Proline).

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