Gov't Delays To Release Cash For Cranes

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The government has delayed to release funds for the national football team, Cranes to start preparations ahead of the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations Afcon.

The government has delayed to release funds for the national football team, Cranes to start preparations ahead of the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).


"We are still waiting for the government to respond to our budget that was submitted," Moses Magogo, the Uganda FA President told URN.


The Cranes qualified for Africa's most biggest football showpiece after breaking a 39-year jinx when they stopped Comoros 1-0 to qualify for the event that will take place in Gabon. "There is nothing much we can do, but wait for the government to communicate," Magogo added.


Uganda are grouped alongside Egypt, Ghana and Mali for the 2017 Afcon and will be based in Port Gentil when the event runs January 14 to February 5th.


Omara Apitta, Commissioner in-charge of Physical Education in the Ministry of Education and Sports confirmed to URN on phone that it is true money has not been released yet. He however noted that the UGX7.6 billion that was requested for is a lot of money and the government might not cover that fully.


The Cranes are expected to start non residential training tomorrow ahead of a series of international build-up matches in Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.


Coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojovic's team will start with a match against Afcon hosts Gabon before taking on Libya and Tunisia on January 1 and 4th respectively. They late battle Slovakia on January 8th before winding-up with a game against African champions Ivory Coast on January 11 in Dubai, UAE.