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Preview: Nigeria vs Uganda

24 March 2015, 15:09Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Nigeria’s Super Eagles will host the Cranes of Uganda in an international friendly at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo on Wednesday.

The tie, kicking off at 6pm local time, will be the seventh meeting between both sides.

Uganda has the edge with three victories, leaving the 2013 African champions on two wins, with one draw.

Also read: Nigeria vs Uganda kicks off 6pm as game returns to Uyo

On March 14, 1978, Nigeria lost an Africa Cup of Nations semifinal to Uganda 1-2 in Ghana, with both goals scored by Phillip Omondi. The last time both teams squared off was on June 2, 2007, the Cranes coming from behind to win 2-1 after John Utaka had put Nigeria ahead in a 2008 Nations Cup qualifier in Kampala.

In-between, Uganda won a friendly match 1-0 in Kampala on September 26, 1981; the Eagles won a Cup of Nations qualifier 2-0 in Lagos on August 28, 1992 and both teams drew 0-0 in Kampala on July 17, 1993.

The two teams’ clash in Abeokuta on March 24, 2007 sticks in the memory: it took a last-gasp Nwankwo Kanu header for Nigeria to earn a 1-0 win.

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