• July 16, 2020

Uganda Cranes May Return To Action In October

 Uganda Cranes May Return To Action In October

Uganda Cranes may return to action in October 2020 after CAF hinted on resuming the AFCON qualifiers before this year ends.

CAF cancelled the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers in March and June due to Covid19 but CAF general secretary Abdelmounaim Bah has said that a return in October is in plan.

“What we can say is that all the confederations hope to be able to replay this year and each is making its arrangements,” Bah said in an interview with Radio Sports Info.

“In this regard, the Asian confederation has announced that it will resume its qualifications in October and November. And at CAF, we follow this logic. The international windows planned for March and June have certainly been canceled, but the months of October and November 2020 represent a lot of hope.

“We no longer include September in the strategies because it will be quite complicated to have the teams travel from one country to another as early as September. That is to say that the matches can resume locally but international matches will be difficult to hold because of the travel factor.”

Uganda Cranes players (L-R: Fahad Bayo, Allan Okello and Mike Azira). Courtesy photo

Bah added that there are competitions that will be difficult to reschedule including the women’s AFCON which must be played in November.

He commented that there is high hope for quick return to action on the field as Africa has been the least affected “but we are aware that most countries have not yet experienced the peak of the disease so we must remain measured.”

“If we cannot make up for the AFCON 2021 playoffs in October and November, we will have to think of another plan.”

On the issue of the main tournament (finals) set to be hosted by Cameroon, he said that AFCON next January remains their number 1 priority while January 2022 remains the second option.

When asked to clarify on the second option of pushing AFCON to 2020, he explained:

“As everyone knows, playing in June/July in Cameroon is difficult because of the weather conditions. In addition in June/July 2021 there is already a lot of competition with the Euro and the Copa America. So the best time to postpone AFCON would be January 2022. But all that I repeat, these are alternatives because our priority for the AFCON is to play in January 2021.

Uganda may host Burkina Faso at Namboole in October and later visit Malawi in November.

Brian Kawalya

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