FUFA Speaks Out On Cranes Hotel Detention


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“FUFA wishes to clarify that this matter is a responsibility of CECAFA and the Local Organising Committee of the 2013 CECAFA Challenge Cup,” the statement reads.

“It is unfortunate that some forces would really want to blame the FUFA administration on this mishap. There was no way FUFA would have avoided the kind of situation that was never anticipated,” continues the statement.

The team finally arrived in Mombasa and will give their best against Tanzania.

Cranes detained at Milele hotel

The Uganda national team, Cranes was held for more than 5 hours at Milele hotel yesterday after the Kenya Football Federation failed to clear bills of the hotel in time.

As a result, Cranes missed their flight to Mombasa from Nairobi.

Cranes head coach, Micho, was very disappointed with the organisers for making the team “bounce” from checking out of the hotel and being held for hours.

”This is sabotage to the team’s quest for a title win,” said Micho.

The CECAFA secretary, Nicholas Musonye, came to the team’s rescue after a while but again the team could not make it to an early flight.

Cranes stranded at Kenyatta Airport

Cranes had to keep on waiting for the flight for a period of 5 hours at Jomo Kenyatta international airport until 8pm in the evening when they finally left.

Their opponents in today’s quarter finals, Tanzania, were in Mombasa 5 hours back.

Cranes players stranded at Jomo Kenyatta International airport

Nevertheless, the players are still confident for a win against Tanzania.

“This cant cost us the game. We are going to win, we are not demoralised by this factor because this is Africa,” said one of the players via a Facebook chat.

This is not the first time for Ugandan players to miss out on flights since it happened before in September this year when they were coming back from Morocco after the World Cup qualifier game against Senegal.

Uganda will be playing Tanzania in the quarter finals today, Saturday in Mombasa at 2pm Ugandan time.

The last meeting of the two teams in CECAFA was last year in the semi-finals where Uganda won 3-1 sending Kilimanjaro stars into a fight for third place.

Recently, Tanzania and Uganda met in late July this year in CHAN qualifiers at Mandela national stadium in a game that ended 3-1 in favour of Uganda.

Three players (Hassan Wasswa, Hamza Muwonge and Frank Kalanda) who started in the CHAN game are missing in today’s encounter since they didn’t travel with the team.

On the other side, Tanzania will have to field two vital players in Mbwana Ally Samatta, a striker and Thomas Ulinwengu who were not part of the Tanzania team that came to Uganda in July.

The last quarter final of the day will be Rwanda against the hosts Kenya also in Mombasa.


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