Uganda FA: We are closer to playing Ghana than Libya

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has confirmed talks with the Ghana FA for a June 1 international friendly ahead of the World Cup qualifiers
By Kent Mensah

Uganda are almost close to concluding a deal to play Ghana in an international friendly on June 1, Goal Ghana can exclusively reveal.

The Cranes are scheduled to play Liberia in a June 8 World Cup qualifier in Kampala whiles the Black Stars are due to play Sudan away and both sides are hoping to use the warm-up games to smoothen rough edges.

Goal Ghana checks have it that Libya have approached the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) for a friendly on the same date and are ready to bear all the cost, but the Ugandans see their west African counterparts as better opponents ahead of the Lone Star game.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Goal Ghana, the Fufa head of communications Rogers Mulindwa confirmed that they are in talks with the Ghana FA and the deal is almost through.

“The true position is that Ghana is among the countries we are considering,” Mulindwa said. “We have not reached a conclusion yet, but Ghana is our key target.”

“The two FAs were to meet in Cairo to finalise things and I’m yet to be briefed by my FA president. However, we are closer to playing Ghana than Libya,” he added.

Mulindwa said the friendly will also serve as an opportunity for a yet-to-be appointed coach to test his charges.

He said: “We shall have a new coach in place before the end of this month so it is important to give him a game ahead of the big game.”

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