KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Football remains Uganda’s most followed sport and 2017 has had a mark on the
country’s football history.
participation in this Africa Nations Cup in Gabon after 39 years of waiting
reignited the love for the sport. The tournament brings together the continent’s
best 16 teams and Uganda was one of them, representing the East and Central part
Uganda lost in the tournament to giants Egypt and Ghana and managed to draw with
Mali, it was an indication that East African football rating had improved.
Uganda also made it to the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.
Uganda finished second behind Egypt who qualified.
team (local based players) also ejected South Sudan and Rwanda to qualify for
the 2018 Africa Nations Championship.
To sum it up,
Uganda ranks the best country in the Council for East and Central African
Football Associations (Cecafa) region.
the latest rankings by FIFA, Uganda has slipped to 75th place
worldwide but top in the Cecafa region.
Chief Executive Officer of Uganda’s FA told Xinhua in a recent interview
attributed the improvement to the federation’s hard work.
has had many international friendlies that increased the team’ s exposure.
Government also picked interest in funding some of the national team’ s
Cranes is a fantastic team and is a force to reckon with on the continent at the
moment,” Kalusha Bwalya, chairman of the technical committee of the
Confederation of African Football told Xinhua early this month.
African country hopes to sail further in 2018. The country is expected to name a
new coach ahead of the 2018 Africa Nations Championship to take place in
minister of state for sports, Charles Bakkabulindi told in a recent interview
that the FA has forwarded to him four names to select a national coach after
vetting over 90 coaches both foreign and local.
four include French born Desabrie Sabastian, Emilio Ferrera (Belgium) and former
Rwanda and Sierra Leone coach John Mckinstry and Uganda’s Moses Basena who is
now in charge of the team on an interim basis.
“This time we
decided the government gets involved in the recruitment because we shall pay a
good percentage of the wages,” said Bakkabulindi.
national coach Milutin Sredojevic resigned his job after the failure of the FA
to pay his salary and allowance arrears amounting to 54,000 US dollars.
argued that the increased interest by government to fund the national team is
one of the ways that is likely to increase the team’s performance. The FA has
been struggling to raise finances to manage the team.
The FA has
also signed football development partnerships with the Morocco Football
Federation. This move is expected to improve the performance of the national
Uganda Cranes to camp in Morocco ahead of
Africa Nations Championship
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda’s national football team will camp in Morocco ahead of the 2018 Africa
the Finance director of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa)
told Xinhua on Wednesday that they are making final arrangements for the team to
travel before Jan. 5 to camp in Morocco.
tournament that brings together 16 national teams with players who play in the
domestic league will take place Jan. 13-Feb. 4.
will be based in Marrakech will play alongside Zambia, Namibia and Cote d’Ivoire
in Group B.
coach, Moses Basena, the Cranes started training on Wednesday.
started slowly and hope to work a lot on the phyiscal fitness for the start
before we trim the team from 30 to the 23 whose names will be needed by the
Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Muhammad Shaban is also part of the Uganda Cranes team. Shaban, the top scorer
at the recent COSAFA U-20 Championship in Zambia where Uganda finished fourth,
said he was excited about the call-up.
continue to work hard so that I can make the final squad for the tournament,”
Shaban told Xinhua.
It will be
Uganda’s fourth appearance at the Africa Nations Championship after making their
debut in 2011 in Sudan.
also featured in the 2014 event in South Africa and last year in Rwanda.
team is expected to get a new coach before the tournament starts in Morocco.
Last week the
Uganda FA announced that Frence-born coach Desabrie Sabastian, Emilio Ferrera
(Belgium), former Rwanda and Seirra Leone coach John Mckinstry and Basena had
been the four shortlisted for the job.