Uganda to play Nigeria in friendly match

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) has confirmed that Uganda will play Nigeria next week in an international friendly.


A statement on the website of the local soccer body on Thursday said, “The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) would like to confirm that the national senior team- Uganda Cranes – will play a friendly match with Nigeria on Wednesday 25th March, 2015 at the Akwa Ibom International stadium”.

“We are happy to have this friendly match on Fifa designated match dates. It is a high profile match for our team as we plan for the forthcoming international engagements,” said Fufa Chief Executive Officer Edgar Watson.

Uganda’s international friendly with Nigeria comes barely 48 hours after the Bolivian football team called off its international friendly match with Nigeria scheduled for march 26th 2015 at the new Akwa Ibom International stadium in Uyo .

At a press conference in Santa Cruz Wednesday, the president of the Bolivian Football Federation, Carlos Chavez said armed conflicts in Nigeria as well as political tension forced them to cancel the match.

The Super eagles acting coach Daniel Amokachi, had on Wednesday selected 27 players to face Bolivian for the friendly before traveling to Mbombela to take on South Africa on March 29.

However, the match was canceled at lasts minute.

Uganda and Nigeria last squared it out in 2007 in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Then, Uganda won the Kampala leg 2-1 and lost 1-0 to the Super Eagles away in Abeokuta.

Both teams will use the friendly to tune up for the 2017 Nations Cup qualifiers that start mid this year.