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Malian Team Stranded in Uganda after Coup

Mali’s top soccer side Djoliba FC is stranded in Uganda after their Saturday first leg clash against URA FC in the 2012 Orange Champions League. While they celebrated the 2-0 away win over URA FC, their country’s military toppled the government of President Amadou Toure. Many flights into and out of Bamako, the capital of Mali are suspended and the team of 18 players and seven officials are now unsure when they would get back home.
 Mali’s top soccer side Djoliba FC is stranded in Uganda after their Saturday first leg clash against URA FC in the 2012 Orange Champions League.

 

The Malian champions beat their hosts 2-0 to brighten their chances of qualifying for the next round of Africa’s most lucrative club competition.

 

But while they celebrated in Kampala, their country’s military toppled the government of President Amadou Toure. Many flights into and out of Bamako, the capital of Mali are suspended and the team of 18 players and seven officials are now unsure when they would get back home.

 

The team’s head coach Badra Alou Diallo said this afternoon at City Royal Hotel in Bugolobi that they cannot travel back yet because their International Airport in Bamako had been closed because of the insecurity that followed the coup last week.

 

The coach said they were meant to travel back on Sunday but Ethiopian Airlines had suspended all flights to Bamako. The worried looking coach said they hope that the situation gets better back home so that they can re-unite with their families.

 

Ali Mwebe, an Administrative Officer with URA FC told URN on phone that they had held a meeting with all concerned parties to find a way forward on how to help the Malians. Mwebe said they are probably going to relocate the Djoliba team from the expensive City Royal Hotel and take them to a cheaper place because they have stayed for the mandatory two days after the game as per the Confederations of African Football (CAF) rules.

 

The official said they have now contacted the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) and the government to come in and help because this is an International issue now. He hoped the state can come in and help cater for the team’s further stay here until it is safe for them to travel back to Mali.

 

When contacted, FUFA spokesman Rogers Mulindwa said the federation is trying to help the Djoliba team without giving details.

 

The team includes Issa Traore, Ausa Traore, Mamahe Cisse, Issa Traore, Cheikh Oumar, Malik Traore, Salif Couliboly, and Alou Bagoyoyo. The other players are Moustapha Niang, Muhamed Konate, Kasim Diallo, Idrissa Traore, Ally Yillanga, Aboubacar Bangora, Karian Karim, Seilolomba N’diaye Sory Bongoura and Guimbala Toungara.

The officials are Karounga Keita (Chairman), Badra Alou Diallo (Coach), Sialy Cisse, Djibril Troure, Boubacar Toure, Haliolou Molifa, and Boubacar Monzon.

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