Uganda Cranes Start Campaign Against Botswana

Uganda Cranes in a training session last year

African Ministers of Energy from Ghana and Zambia are amongst the attendees who graced Norway – Africa Energy Summit organized by Norfund and the Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA).

The African Ministers of Energy, illness alongside energy companies, investors and researchers, highlighted the current status on energy in Africa.

They underlined the necessity of putting in place a robust energy system, which will ensure electricity for the population and serving both the public and the private sector.

Sub-Saharan Africa is rich in terms of energy resources, but lags behind in terms of energy supply. According to figures from the International Energy Agency (IEA), only 290 million of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population of 915 million currently has access to electricity.

Not enough investments are being made in developing viable energy systems, and the population growth is a contributing factor to the increase of people without access to electricity.

In order to create growth and lift people out of poverty, it is essential to have access to stable electricity. Few from the Western world have taken into account the size of the challenge when developing the energy systems in poor countries.

In energy aid, it is easier to have a focused effort on simple and immediate measures which will provide temporary and second-class solutions for the poor, than to focus the efforts towards the core task: To develop good energy systems that supply the population, both public and private sectors, with stable electricity in sufficient quantities.

“It is therefore an urgent need in Sub-Saharan Africa for long-term capital investment in infrastructure. There is also a need for dedicated apparatus that help reduce the risks associated with the long investment horizon in energy developments,” says Kjell Roland, Managing Director of Norfund.

Nearly 80 per cent of all proposed energy projects are abandoned at an early stage due to a magnitude of reasons.

“It is almost only investors like Norfund with a development mandate, which are willing to invest in early phases of projects. Amongst the private investors, KLP are among the few who also invests in energy for development,” adds Roland.

The conference was held at Latter in Aker Brygge in Oslo, Norway.
Uganda is scheduled to start the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers at home against Botswana.

Fufa said Thursday that, more about Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic “will start his preparations early enough” following the draws of the AFCON 2017 to be hosted by Gabon.

The Cranes were drawn in group D alongside Burkina Faso, Botswana and Comoros.

According to the dates announced by the Confederation of African Football, the Ugandan team will start their campaign on the week of 8-16 June 2015 with the first fixture versus ‘the Zebras’ as they are popularly known.

The closing fixture will also pit the same side but in their own backyard in Gaborone in exactly a year after.

Uganda vs Burkina Faso

In what is termed as the deciding fixture of the campaign, the Cranes will have to fight against all odds to overcome 2013 Afcon finalists, Burkina Faso.

The Burkinabe are touted as group favorites and will be the first to host the mouth-watering fixture on the week of 23-25 March 2016 before honouring the reverse tie just a week later.

The Comoros is the most underrated team in the pack, having the lowest FIFA rankings of recent (177).

It should not be forgotten that the islanders were eliminated by neighbours, Kenya in the second phase of the AfCon2015 qualifiers.

They will play Uganda between 4-6 September 2015 and 2-4 September 2016 in Kampala.

Uganda’s Full fixtures;

Uganda vs Botswana 12-14/June 2015

Comoros vs Uganda 4-6/September 2015

Burkina Faso vs Uganda 23-25/March 2016

Uganda vs Burkina Faso 26-29/March 2016

Botswana vs Uganda 3-55/June 2016

Uganda  vs Comoros 2-4/ September 2016


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