Bakkabulindi Warns FA On Cranes' Trips

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The State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi has warned the Federation of Uganda Football Associations Fufa not to expect the government to charter flights for the national team all the time.

The State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi has warned the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) not to expect the government to charter flights for the national team all the time.


Speaking to URN on phone, Bakkabulindi said the FA should always be ready to make their own planning because the government does not fully cater for national teams yet.


The Cranes are expected to fly to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso next week to face the hosts on March 26th in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier before the return leg three days later at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.


The FA had requested the government to charter a plane for the team to avoid players getting tired before the return leg in Kampala. But the government is yet to respond to Fufa's request and Bakkabulindi says they should not always expect a chartered flight.


"We have been very busy with elections. But let me settle in office and see if the government can help," added Bakkabulindi.


The Cranes who last appeared in an Afcon event in 1978 in Ghana currently lead Group D with six points ahead of Burkina Faso, Botswana and Comoros.  


In a related development the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has picked referees from Egypt to officiate the match between Burkina Faso and Uganda Cranes. Ghead Grisha will be the centre referee, while Tahssen Abo El Sadat Bedyer and Ahmed Taha Hossam will be the assistants. Mahmoud Zakria El Banna will be the reserve referee and Jammeh E.K Bojang (Gambia) the commissioner: