By Fred Kaweesi in Khartoum
International friendly today
Sudan v Uganda 8pm
THINK of the most heated discussion on the streets of Khartoum. It is certainly about the intended arrest of Sudan's President Omar el-Bashir.
Now, think of the other topic of discussion. It is about the presence of the CECAFA Challenge Cup winning team - Uganda Cranes
The locals just cannot wait to get hold of the exciting talents that rocked the regional championship in January, and Brian Umony in particular, the CECAFA Challenge Cup Golden boot winner.
â€œWho is Umony?" one businessman Abdallahi asked of the KCC forward.
"Where is Bengo (Steven)," two other inquisitive fans added.
It is rising to fever pitch and the attention the Cranes has attracted is unbelievable.
Tonight against the home side at the 30,000 capacity Khartoum stadium, Bobby Williamsonâ€™s Cranes' side will get the opportunity of proving to Abdallahi and the host nation of what they represent. The manner in which Cranes swaggered to CECAFA glory was first class, hitting the likes of Rwanda 4-0, Tanzania 2-1, Burundi 5-0 and finalists Kenya 1-0.
Yet now, against Sudan, comes the real measure of how good this Cranesâ€™ side is as victory will end their winless run on foreign territory since their last away 2-1 win over Malawi in 2000.