FUFA Speak Out On Cranes CECAFA Elimination


hospital geneva; line-height: 200%; font-size: small;”>Addressing journalist at FUFA house in Kampala on Wednesday, dosage Magogo explained that new players were able to be tested during the tournament.

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“Our objective for CECAFA is to add miles to the legs of many players and widen the pool but not winning the competition. We took sixteen locally based players, one unattached and three foreign based. All these twenty players have potential for the 2015 AFCON qualifiers starting September,” stressed Magogo.

The FUFA President further explained that his main objective “is to develop the game of football and not winning competitions”.

“Uganda has no divine right to win five out of six previous CECAFA competitions. Football development includes both identification and nurturing but why do we need to continue identifying when we are not developing those identified?” he explained.

“We had eight starters at CECAFA who had never featured in the tournament before. They won three games, drew one out of the four games, scored seven goals and conceded only two in a tournament where only Burundi, Ethiopia and ourselves took development teams.”

Magogo further noted that the Football Federation and the national team are in the right direction towards development of the game in the country.

“We are on the right path and we shall not be distracted as we prepare for the 2015 AFCON qualifiers and 2018 World Cup qualifiers,” the FUFA President stressed.

“Let us accredit these players. They do still sign Federation vouchers to have allowances, so they did their best though lost the title,” said Magogo.

“Football development is painful and requires patience. If we choose the path of development, we must be prepared to endure bad results. We can’t have both results and development at ago,” said Magogo.

However, on the technical side of Cranes elimination, head coach Micho believes that it was because of the carelessness of the tournament organisers who at a certain time left the team to get stuck at the hotel premises as they had failed to pay hotel bills in time.

“I may not be a crying baby but when CECAFA was hosted in Uganda last year, they were not treated like that and I can regard this as sabotage for Cranes to defend the title,” said Micho.

But some of the players are saying the team’s elimination was their error since they allowed Tanzania to cancel the lead one goal that was scored by Daniel Sserunkuma.

“We allowed them to cancel our lead earlier and that affected all our game plans,” said Joseph Mpande one of the mid-fielders.

However, he pointed out that next on card is CHAN but himself as a player, is ready because the tournament is big and they will be working for more than pride to attract eyes of scouts in South Africa.

Mpande appealed to the Federation to motivate players before and during the tournament to have positive results.

“We need motivation for positive results in CHAN. We have enough time to prepare,” said the Vipers mid-fielder.

After CECAFA, now the national team has less than a month engage in preps for the first game against Burkina Faso in CHAN on January 12, but Magogo clearly stated that, “we need a lot of money to take the national team for training camps and medical check-up. We shall be looking ahead to have the finances,” stated Magogo.


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