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The Moroccans take on Uganda in the opener of the LG Cup as they begin their preparations for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations



Basser, Boukhriss, Benatia, Kaddouri
Belhanda, Kharja
Taarabt, Boussoufa, Assaidi


Masaba, Kalungi, Isinde, Guma
Wasswa, Kayizzi, Oloya
Mwejje, Mudde
With his team in preparation mode for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Eric Gerets has called up a full-strength squad for the LG Cup, which begins on Friday. Wydad representative Nadir Lamyaghri is a notable absence.

The starting goalkeeper for Morocco suffered a shoulder injury that will deprive him of participation in the second leg of the 2011 Caf Champions League final against Esperance on Saturday and also threatens his availability for the upcoming continental showpiece in January. Meanwhile, Abdelfettah Boukhriss has been called up to replace the injured Abdelhamid El Kaouatari.

The Cranes arrived in Morocco without their head coach, Bobby Williamson. Assistant coach Jackson Mayanja will take his place for the entire tournament according to reports out of Uganda. The east Africans have called up nine players from the Olympic side for this tournament.

  • The Ugandans won the only previous encounter between the two sides in Kumasi by the score of 3-0 back in 1978.
  • Morocco are back at the Africa Cup of Nations after missing out on the 2010 edition.
  • Uganda were desperately close to qualifying for their first Afcon since 1978 but lost out to Angola after failing to defeat Kenya at home in their final match.
  • The Atlas Lions’ Adel Taarabt was nominated by Caf for the 2011 African Player of the Year award while defender Ayoub Al Khaliqi was nominated for the 2011 African Domestic Player of the Year award.