Ethiopia confirms Uganda friendly, Zambia looming around


Ethiopia will host Uganda in an international friendly on 3rd June 2017 in preparations for the forthcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers. With matches against Cameroon and South Africa appearing unlikely, Zambia might drop out of the blue to take the headlines.
The Walia Ibex, seeking their first return to AFCON since 2013, are in group “F” of the qualifiers alongside Uganda’s neighbors Kenya, Ghana and Sierra Leone. They will open their campaign away to Ghana on 9th June 2017.
Uganda, the 2017 Gabon qualifiers, are placed in group “L”, which also has Cape Verde, Tanzania and Lesotho. The Cranes, coached by Serbian Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic will clash with Cape Verde away in their opening group tie also on 9th June. The 32nd edition of the biennial premium continental showpiece will take place in Cameroon from 12th January to 3rd February 2019, with 16 teams taking part.
In other developments the Ethiopia Football Association, EFA affirms to have requested a friendly match with Zambia as a preparation for the 2018 CHAN in Kenya. However, they are still waiting for feedback from the Football Association of Zambia. Chipolopolo coach, Wedson Nyirenda told the press, early this week, that, the Football Association of Zambia secured friendly matches with Ethiopia in May and Gabon in June.