FC Minneapolis agreed with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) to undertake their first football tour to Kampala, Uganda during the Spring FIFA International Break of 2018 to play with the Uganda Cranes for a friendly match at the Mandela National Stadium on Sunday the 18th of March at 4:00 pm.
The City Lions expect to touch down at Entebbe International Airport on Tuesday March 13th before heading to their training camp where they will reside until game-day before returning to the United States on Tuesday, March 20th.
The Cranes are ranked number 70 in the world by FIFA. They finished in second place in their group for 2018 World Cup qualification, four points from a position that would have meant a trip to Russia next summer.
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.
Both parties are excited by this unique opportunity. The last time a soccer team from Minnesota played against another country’s national team was when Minnesota United faced the Mexican U21 side in early 2016.
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