Squash Stars Unsure of All Africa Championship Participation

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In short
Uganda’s national Squash team players are worried that they may fail to travel to Windhoek, Namibia for the 2013 All Africa Seniors Championships because of lack of funds for the trip.

Uganda’s national Squash team players are worried that they may fail to travel to Windhoek, Namibia for the 2013 All Africa Senior Championships because of lack of funds for the trip.
 
Top seed Micheal Kawooya told Uganda Radio Network this morning at Kampala Club, Nakasero that they are not certain they will make the trip and yet they have been training for over a month.
 
Kawooya won the St.Petersburg Open in Russia last November.
 
Kawooya said that the Squash Association had not even communicated to the players about what is happening.
 
The event which will attract over 15 nations is expected to run February 18-24.
 
When contacted, John Bosco Tamwesigire, the Chairman of the Uganda Squash Rackets Associations (USRA), confirmed that although the team is training, they are still struggling with finances.
 
Tamwesigire confessed that USRA had already tried some corporations like MTN Uganda to raise the funds but unsuccessfully.  He said they would have no choice but to withdraw from the tournament if they failed to get the funds by Thursday.
 
Top Squash playing nations like Egypt, South Africa and Zambia are expected to send teams for the week long event.
 
Kawooya said it will be very disappointing if the team does not travel because they have trained so hard and even used some of their personal finances for transport and refreshments.
 
 
Another player Ian Rukunya who is also part of the team said it would be a shame if the team failed to travel to Namibia.
Rukunya said that the USRA had been alerted early enough to source for funds and even informed them that some tickets have already been secured.
 
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Interestingly none of the five member team has even got a South African transit visa ahead of the trip. The team’s participation will be very significant as the country last sent a team for the All Africa Seniors event in 1992.