Saudi Arabia Vs Uganda: Preview and Probable Lineups For Second U23 Friendly

Monday, July 5
*Saudi Arabia Vs Uganda, 7:15pm

The Under-23 teams of hosts Saudi Arabia and Uganda will face off once again for their second friendly on Monday.

The two sides shared spoils on Friday in a goalless draw at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium in Riyadh.

Uganda is using the two buildup games to prepare for the Cecafa U23 tournament in Ethiopia.

Saudi Arabia on other hand, are gearing up for Olympics where they are in Group D alongside Brazil, Germany and Ivory Coast.

Uganda Kobs in training. Courtesy

“The boys have responded well in the last training session. Each player has worked to our expectations, and we thank God that we did not pick any injury,” said coach Morley Byekwaso.

The Kobs, the name given to Uganda’s Under-23 side, wasted plenty of opportunities in the first friendly including two keeper-to-beat chances.

The coach adds: “We want to come out well in the Monday game and play well. We want to leave with a good result before the cecafa tournament in two weeks time.”

Midfielder Bobosi Byaruhanga: “We have made a few adjustments and now want to score, we are now used to the weather but we are used.”

Midfielder Bobosi Byaruhanga in action. Fufa

Coach Byekwaso is expected to ring changes to the team that played the first friendly and give some playing time to other members of the squad.

Note – Uganda are the champions of cecafa thanks to a 3-0 win over Eritrea in the final last year with Bright Anukani, Mustafa Kiiza and Joel Madondo on target.

Saudi Arabia (green) are preparing for Olympics in Tokyo. Fufa

Probable Lineups:

Saudi Arabia XI – Muhammad Al-Rubaie, Saud Abdul Hamid, Khalifa Al-Dosari, Abdul Basit Hindi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Ali Al-Hassan, Salman Al-Faraj, Ayman Al-Khalif, Sami Al-Najai, Abdul Rahman Gharib, Abdullah Al-Hamdan.

Uganda XI – Hassan Matovu, Enock Walusimbi (Captain), Azizi Kayondo, Kenneth Ssemakula, Peter Magambo, Julius Poloto, Karim Watambala, Bright Anukani, Derrick Kakooza, Najib Yiga, Steven Mukwala

Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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