Senegal friendly vital – Micho

Uganda Cranes to play Senegal friendly match
Uganda's Serbian head coach Milutin Sredojevic instructs his players during the friendly football match between Ivory Coast and Uganda at New York University Stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 11, 2017. Courtesy Photo/NEZAR BALOUT/AFP/Getty Images.

Uganda Cranes tactician Milutin ‘Micho” Sredojevic has said facing Senegal in an international friendly ahead of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers will be very vital.

The Cranes will face the 2017 Afcon quarter finalists Senegal on June 6th in Dakar before they travel for an away against Cape Verde in a few days in a 2019 Afcon qualifier.

Speaking to our reporter on Friday, Sredojevic said facing a high profile team like Senegal will give them the best preparation before taking on Cape Verde. “It is important that we prepare well ahead of the first game in the 2019 Afcon qualifiers,” added the Serbian born coach.

The last time these two teams faced off was a 2014 World cup play-off qualifier in Marakesh,  Morocco when Senegal won 1-0. But this time round the Senegal team will miss their key player Sadio Mane who got injured while featuring for English Premiership side Liverpool.

Senegal were eliminated by eventual champions Cameroon at the quarter final stage of the 2017 Afcon, while Uganda Cranes failed to make it out of the group that had Egypt, Ghana and Mali.

Sredojevic explained to this publication that they are determined to start well in the qualifiers because they are hungry to to qualify for 2019 Afcon as well.

Uganda Cranes was drawn in group L along side Cape Verde, Tanzania and Lesotho for the 2019 Afcon qualifiers.