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Uganda Cranes battle giants Nigeria in friendly

By Fred Kaweesi

Added 20th November 2018 03:17 PM

Salim Jamal and Charles Lukwago will try to fill the void left by Denis Onyango who is sitting out this match

Uganda Cranes battle giants Nigeria in friendly

Patrick Kaddu (center) celebrates with teammates after scoring Uganda's winning goal on Saturday. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo

Salim Jamal and Charles Lukwago will try to fill the void left by Denis Onyango who is sitting out this match

International friendly: Nigeria v Uganda (6pm)

U23 AFCON qualifier: South Sudan v Uganda

Denis Onyango will make his last Cranes' appearance at the 2019 Nations Cup finals in Cameroon.

According to the Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper, Saturday's Nations Cup qualifier that sealed Uganda's return to Africa's most prestigious competition brought the curtains down on his illustrious career in any qualification campaign.

enis nyango back right captained ganda during the win against ape erde hoto by palanyi sentongoDenis Onyango (back right) captained Uganda during the win against Cape Verde. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo

 

So, the process to identify Onyango's replacement, starts today in Nigeria where Cranes will battle the Super Eagles in the first of several international build-ups ahead of next year's Nations Cup finals.

Onyango, left out of this game, was part of the 18-man squad that featured against Cape Verde. The other players that have been dropped for the high-profile friendly include Farouk Miya, Murushid Juuko, Joseph Ochaya and Edrisa Lubega.

Goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba is aware that it will be nearly impossible to replace Onyango, but what youngsters Salim Jamal and Charles Lukwago can do is to try and fill reasonable quotas of that vacuum.

 

outh frica and igeria played out a friendly on aturday in ohannesburg  hotoSouth Africa and Nigeria played out a friendly on Saturday in Johannesburg. AFP Photo

 

Against Nigeria at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, both Jamal and Lukwago will come up against some of Europe's best finishers in Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi.

"The game against Uganda is part of the preparations for the 2019 Nations Cup. Uganda is a strong force in African football and we believe that the encounter will help us to look at the lapses in the team and how to correct them," Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said.

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