On Wednesday, Iceland and Uganda face off in an international friendly match at the Titanic Sports Center in Belek, Turkey, with a kickoff at 5 pm.
The national men’s football team, Strakarnir okkar, returned to action for the first time since wrapping up a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign in November.
The Nordic outfit finished second from bottom in Group J, winning just two games and gaining nine points from 10 matches.
Uganda is looking to put their disappointing run of results in the African Cup of Nations behind them, having failed to qualify for this summer’s tournament after back-to-back appearances in the 2017 and 2019 editions.
The Cranes finished third in Group B of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, behind Burkina Faso and Malawi, before losing to Congo DR in the second round.
Iceland vs Uganda Head to Head
Both sides are yet to face each other, which marks their first encounter in history. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- North Macedonia 3-1 Iceland
- Romania 0-0 Iceland
- Iceland 4-0 Liechtenstein
- Iceland 1-1 Armenia
- Iceland 0-4 Germany
- Mali 1-0 Uganda
- Uganda 1-1 Kenya
- Uganda 1-0 Rwanda
- Rwanda 0-1 Uganda
- Uganda 0-0 Mali
Iceland Team News
Strakarnir okkar has named a 24-man squad for upcoming friendlies against Uganda and South Korea, with most of the players not in the first team typically used for these types of matches.
Brentford’s Patrik Gunnarsson was forced to withdraw injured, with Iceland Under-21 international Jokull Andresson taking his place in the squad.
Gudmundur Borarinsson was the only player without a club in the squad. He has withdrawn, and David Olafsson has replaced him.
Uganda Team News
The Cranes have called up a squad of 23 players for this month’s triple-header of matches against Iceland, Moldova and Iraq.
Ask coach Askar Ifeanyi about his team’s prospects, and he says: “Ismael Watenga could regain his position between the sticks, while Yunus Sentamu is likely to lead the line for the East Africans.”
Prediction and Odds
Iceland will face off against the Ugandan Cranes in an inconsequential friendly today, with neither side having any stakes on the line. Iceland is missing several key players but is still a quality side.
- Iceland Win
- Goals Under 2.5
- No Score: Away