WC 2018: Togo to Gauge Cranes Preparations for Ghana Opener

Uganda Cranes will gauge their strength against Togo on Tuesday evening in a buildup friendly in Kegue Stadium in Lome. The build up’s sole aim is to shape the team ahead of the opening 2018 World Cup qualifier clash versus Black Stars of Ghana.

The two countries are meeting for the fourth time in two years sharing two wins each in the two different qualifiers. Togo defeated Cranes in the 2015 Afcon finals with an identical 1-0 victory in the respective legs. Uganda repaid with a 4-0 aggregate victory last year to qualify to this group stage.

Farouk Miya scored the only away goal, treat two more at home to add on Geoffrey Massa’s strike.

Both Uganda and Togo qualified for the 2017 Afcon finals through the two slots set for the two best runners up. Uganda with 13 points while Togo under new coach Claude Le Roy miraculously qualified with ten points after all possible runners Up stumbled on the last day. The duo are seeded in pot 4 and therefore have no chance of meeting in the group draws.

For the record, more about Uganda has not won any of their last five Friendly matches with four draws against Gambia (before the opening game in Afcon 17 Q), Gabon & Cameroon (during Chan Preps) and recently with Kenya before Comoros duel. The Cranes have gone on to win the qualifying games which followed a buildup.

The Sparrows have lost only one of their last five international home fixtures which came against Uganda on November 12th last year. They have gone on to thump Djibouti 5-0, a 1-0 win over Zambia, held Tunisia and Niger to a barren and one all stalemates respectively.

On the other hand Uganda have won only one and lost two of their previous three away games for the senior team.

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Team news.
Only sixteen players were present in Togo’s training on Monday and the rest expected to undergo a late fitness test. Emmanuel Adebayor is currently club less and is expected to lead the attack on Tuesday evening.

Coach Micho summoned a team of thirty players but later on reduced the number to nineteen for the travelling party including only four local based players.

Claude Le Roy may decide to go all out with a strong squad since he has no important assignment coming up but looking for the right formation to use in Gabon next year.

Micho is expected to rest some of his dependable regulars including keeper Dennis Onyango with Salim Jamal taking his space.

Possible Lineup: S. Jamal, N. Wadada, I. Isinde, M. Jjuko, G. Ochaya, H.Waswa, G. Kizito, F. Miya, W. Kizito, Oloya M, H. Kiiza

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