ABU DHABI: The Uganda Cranes will play Ivory Coast on Saturday afternoon in Abu Dhabi at Sheikh Zayed Stadium as they finalise their preparations for the 2019 AFCON Finals in Egypt. Almost three weeks already in Abu Dhabi, the Cranes have had rigorous training sessions. One of the players in camp Allan Kateregga believes that they are ready but needs the boys to test themselves against one of the African soccer giants Ivory Coast.
‘It is a high ranking game. We are looking forward to the friendly match on Saturday. We want to challenge ourselves with the best. I feel happy and fine in camp with the entire team. We should be ready to hit the ground,” said Kateregga who plays his club football with Maritzburg United in South Africa.
The left footed player is one of the 23 players in the final squad submitted to CAF but he still says that all is not done yet.
‘We must keep competing for places because every player needs to fight for action. The spirit in camp is very good. Our AFCON starts with this game against Ivory Coast and it will be a good challenge to us. The coach keeps pushing us to our best levels and we shall deliver to his expectations’ added Kateregga.
Free entrance for Uganda vs Ivory Coast at Sheikh Zayed Stadium
The organisers have confirmed that the match will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium which is a multi-purpose arena located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The largest stadium in the UAE with 45,000 seats has iconic status and was featured on the AED 200 banknote.
The fans will not need to spend a penny to watch their heroes in action on Saturday for a match that kicks off at 4.30 pm.