"The CAF Emergence committee in consultation with the FIFA, decided to postpone the CAF qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 that were due to be played in June 2021 after taking into consideration the current challenges caused by the COVID 19 pandemic and the need to ensure the optimal conditions for all participating teams". Part of the press release reads
Three senior players including Goalkeeper and skipper Denis Masinde Onyango, midfielders Michael Azira and Hassan Wasswa Mawanda retired within a space of one-week driving speculation on the state of affairs in Uganda Cranes camp.
The player put an end on his footballing career after serving the Uganda Cranes for over 13 years and securing 75 caps in the National team jersey, in his statement he released, the player Said it has been honor to represent his country for thirteen years.
Uganda Cranes started the campaign with a promising performance after collecting seven points in the first three games. These included a draw to Malawi, two wins against South Sudan and Malawi respectively, which helped them to top the group.
Speaking to URN during their last training session at Phillip Omondi Stadium, the Uganda Cranes Interim Coach Abdallah Mubiru said there is literally a very slim chance for Patrick Kaddu and Fahad Bayo to take part in the do or die match.
Coach Abdallah Mubiru says that the spirits are high in the camp. He adds that there is no time to replace the absent players because he is confident that the available players in the camp will perform well.
Ex-international and football administrator, Mujib Kasule, says that he was not surprised with FUFA’s decision because of the last poor performance by the team. He says the coach made obvious errors in the last Afcon fixture against South Sudan that delayed Uganda’s qualification for Afcon finals.
Mustafa Kizza, Murushid Juuko, Lumala Abdu, Waiswa Moses, Isiagi Daniel, Kaddu Patrick and Yunus Sentamu have made a turn to the team set up while youngsters Garvin Mugweri Kizito and midfielder Bobosi Byaruhanga who are part of the Hippos team in Mauritania are making their debut
“The FUFA Executive Committee has asked the Head Coach of the National Senior side-The Uganda Cranes Mr. Johnathan McKinstry to step aside from managing and coaching the team for the period from March 2nd- 31st 2021,” reads the FUFA statement.
In her judgment, Ayo said the convicts deserve a custodial sentence and handed them a four-year jail term. She directed that court refunds the Shillings 2 million they deposited as security for their bail advised the convicts to appeal the decision in a higher court if they are dissatisfied with her judgment.
“FUFA has released one of Uganda Cranes technical staff Fred Kajoba after not being able to observe the camp regulations at the Team Hotel in Kisasi, which require all members of the contingent to follow the strict COVID-19 SOPs,” read the statement.
Kirunda was part of the side that reached the final of the 1978 Nations Cup, one of his prominent contributions to the national team. They had won the 1976 and 1977 the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) cup.
In the draws that took place at the Palais Polyvalent des Sports de Yaoundé in the host country Cameroon on Monday night, Uganda are placed in Group C together with other teams Niger and arch-rivals Rwanda.