Ajuri County Member of Parliament, Denis Hamson Obua has tasked government to explain why no financial assistance has been availed to the Uganda Cranes team ahead of their game against Comoros.
On September 4th, Uganda Cranes take on Comoros national football team in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier game at Namboole, Kampala.
The team requires $210,000 (Shs763m) to adequately prepare for a match the country must win to remain top of the qualifiers. Uganda won the opening match beating Botswana 2-0 at Mandela National stadium, Namboole in June. When Uganda was drawn with Burkina Faso, Comoros and Botswana in Group D, many celebrated a seemingly favorable draw for Cranes. But Magogo reiterates that the biggest obstacle to the country’s hopes is ‘ourselves’.
MP Obua now asks why, 17 days to the game, no financial support has been extended to the national team for preparations.
“Our national football team, up to now has not received any support from the Government of Uganda. This is the only golden opportunity that we may have to qualify for Africa Cup of Nations,” Obua told the House during plenary today.
In his response, the State minister for planning David Bahati promised that government will ensure that Uganda Cranes is provided with financial support before the game.
Bahati, however, did not divulge the amount of money that will be availed to the team and when.
Last month, President Museveni financed the national netball team and the national basketball team for global and continental events respectively.
In the unfortunate event that Uganda withdraws, an imaginable fine and sanctions up to four years await the country from international competitions. The likelihood of that happening remains a long shot.
Uganda last qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in 1978 when the Cranes lost to hosts Ghana in the fina