Uganda Cranes to Play Friendly Against US Club

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) and Minneapolis Football Club from the United States have reached an agreement to have a friendly game next year.

FC Minneapolis a football club based in Minnesota is home to Ugandan striker Ian Ssendi who has had tremendous performance since joining in 2015.

The City Lions agreed with FUFA to undertake their first football tour to Kampala, Uganda during the Spring FIFA International Break of 2018 to play with the Uganda Cranes in a friendly match at the Mandela National Stadium on Sunday the 18th of March at 4:00 pm.

The game is aimed at making Minneapolis FC a better side but also create an avenue for more Ugandan players to join the team after Ian Ssendi impressed.

Ian Sendi
Ian Sendi

The City Lions expect to touch down at Entebbe International Airport on March 13th, have a camp here before taking on the Cranes on 18th March.

Letters between the club, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), and Uganda’s head coach Milutin Sredojević, show that the terms of the international friendly have been agreed to. FUFA is currently in contact with U.S. Soccer/United States Soccer Federation (USSF) to meet FIFA regulations.

Sendi Ian, FC Minneapolis’ player-manager, is very thankful for the opportunity.

“I thank the Federation…and the Uganda Cranes Technical Team for agreeing to our request…I [also] thank the Uganda National Football Team Head Coach Mr. Milutin Sredojević who has always advised me, our official Club representative Mr. Ronnie Santos whose efforts have contributed greatly to this whole process. When I first took up this job, I committed my administration to turn our club into a global brand and this game with my Country’s National Team brings us closer to that ambition,” said Sendi as quoted by the Club website.

FC Minneapolis hopes that the trip next spring will allow the City Lions to build a fanbase abroad, as well as establish a pipeline for players between Uganda and the United States.

The team plays in the National Premier Soccer League, a 4th tier on the American soccer pyramid

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