Uganda Cranes seek Shs7bn for 2017 Afcon


Uganda Cranes coach Micho at the AFCON_2017 draw

The national team, Uganda Cranes, needs at least Shs7bn to facilitate the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) campaign.

This was revealed by the Finance Director of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa), Decolas Kizza, last Saturday.

Kizza told Uganda Radio Network [URN] in an interview that the money would cater for several aspects including attractive winning bonuses.

The tournament which will involve 16 teams including hosts Gabon will run from January 14 to February 5th in four cities.

Speaking to SuperSport, Uganda captain Geoffrey Massa said his side can make it to the Afcon 2017 final if they have good preparations.

The Cranes were drawn in Group D along with Afcon 2015 finalists Ghana, record seven-time champions Egypt and Mali who finished third at Afcon 2012 and 2013 to complete what many have referred to as the ‘Group of Death’.

The optimistic Baroka FC striker mentioned that this was a fair draw and that Uganda can go all the way to the final on their return to the tournament’s biggest football showpiece for the first time since 1978 when they lost to hosts Ghana 2-0 in the final.

“With good preparations, we can go all the way to the finals. We have a good team to compete at this level,” said Massa in an exclusive interview with

Uganda face Ghana in their opener on January 17 at 17:00 local time at Stade de Port-Gentil before taking on Egypt four days later at the same venue at 20:00.

The Cranes will then face Mali in their last Group D encounter on January 25 at Stade d’Oyem in the northern part of the country at 20:00.

Source: SuperSport

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