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Coronavirus: CHAN Postponed, Blessing In Disguise For Injury-hit Uganda

Football governing body in Africa, CAF, has postponed Total CHAN 2020 because of Coronavirus, it’s official.

The tourney, where Uganda Cranes was pooled in Group C, was to be held in Cameroon slated for April 4-25, 2020.

CAF, in a statement, says that they will be proposing new dates in due time depending on the improvement of the situation.

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CAF statement issued on Tuesday, March 17, to national Associations, reads in part:

“Dear General Secretaries, following the growing concern of the COVID-19 virus and the report of the recently concluded Medical inspection visit to the host country of the Total CHAN, Cameroon 2020, CAF Emergency Committee decided today to postpone the competition until further notice.”

Uganda is pitted against defending champions Morocco, Togo and neighbours Rwanda in group C.

The Cranes who qualified after eliminating Somalia and Burundi at the preliminary stage, have been hit with injuries to its senior players.

John Revita, Halid Lwaliwa and Viane Ssekajugo were all set to miss the tourney while Charles Lukwago was doubtful because of respective injuries.

The news of postponement will be news to hears of most Uganda Cranes fans as there is renewed hope of taking a fully fit squad by the time of the new dates.

CHAN is a competition exclusively for players in the country’s local leagues.

Earlier, CAF postponed AFCON qualifiers that were supposed to be played in March/April because of Coronavirus.

Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has called a press conference on Wednesday in Mengo and are expected to give a way forward.

The Pre CHAN tournament where Uganda was to host Mali and Zambia at Namboole is set to be called off while because of Coronavirus as well while StarTimes UPL is expected to resume soon.

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