Uganda Cranes will be all out to try and finish third in Group B with a win against Cote dvoire on Monday to pocket UGX720 million US200,000 in prize money
Uganda Cranes will be all out to try and finish third in Group B with a win against Cote dÍvoire on Monday to pocket UGX720 million (US$200,000) in prize money.
Coach Sébastien Desabre's team bowed out of the competition on Wednesday after losing their second game 1-0 to Namibia in a match played in Marrakech, Morocco. The Cranes had suffered a 3-1 defeat in the opening game to Zambia.
Uganda's next opponents also lost 1-0 to Namibia and 2-0 to in-form Chipolopolo of Zambia. Desabre has asked his team to improve and go all out and pick maximum points on Monday. "We have been playing well in the first half , but fail to take our chances. Football is about goals and we need to score," said Desabre.
On Friday the Cranes under went light training with third choice goalkeeper Saidi Keni missing out because of a fever. Striker Muhammad Shaban who missed the game against Namibia with injury also trained. In-case Uganda finish fourth in the group, they will pocket UGX630 million (US$175,000).
Meanwhile, on Friday the Confederation of African Football (CAF) cleared Sudan of any wrong doing after they had been accused of using a player not eligible to play in the tournament.
On 18 January 2018, the Guinea Football Federation (FEGUIFOOT) lodged a protest against the Sudan Football Association (SFA) citing an administrative error over the registration of player Elsamani Elsawi Elsheikh for the finals of the tournament in Morocco.
" After investigations, CAF has established that there was no administrative error by the SFA with respect to the player's registration. As at the time of the kick-off of the Group A clash Sudan-Guinea on 14 January 2018 at 14:30 local time, the registration of Elsamani Elsawi Elsheikh on the FIFA Transfer Management System (TMS) as a player of Al Ittihad Tripoli (Libya) was not finalized and the International Transfer Certificate (ITC) was yet to be issued," CAF announced this evening in a communication.
But CAF went ahead and explained that against Mauritania on 17 January 2018, the said player was not involved and his name was indicated absent on the match sheet.
Tournament rules indicate that only players with permanent contract registered in a local club affiliated to their national association are eligible to participate in the African Nations Championship. After two wins Sudan has already qualified for the quarter finals as they await to play Morocco in the last group A match.