The Uganda Cubs, Uganda’s U-17 national team was left devasted following the sudden cancellation of the Afcon U-17 in Morocco, according to the side’s goal keeper Henry Mwebe.
With just five days to bring the curtains up for the coveted competition, Confederation Of African Football (CAF) called-off the beiannial tournament in a dramatic twist of events.
The ugly development was was announced at the CAF emergency committee that convened on Monday, 8th March in Rabat after hosts Morocco imposed stringent travel protocols in the bid to curb the spread of the novel COVID-19.
The deadly virus has ravaged the Magreb nation causing an ignominious trail of death and misery, and hence it’s authorities ruled to suspend all flights to and from several countries as part of the frenetic efforts to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
” It’s very unfortunate that the tournament was cancelled.” The Express FC junior team custodian told the club’s official website.
“As a team we had prepared very well and we were waiting for this opportunity to show the world how good Uganda is.”
Uganda, under the stewardship of 2020 CECAFA U-17 winning coach Hamuza Lutalo was grouped in Group A alongside hosts Morroco, Zambia and Cote D’ivoire.
It’s reported that there was a glimmer of hope from CAF and football authorities in Morocco that by the time the under-age tournament kicked off, the virus would have subsidized. But rather, it has snuffed the feeble life out of the country’s nascent economy.
The cancellation of the U-17 World Cup by FIFA was also a major reason as to why CAF decided to cancel the tournament.
Reports indicated that CAF had reached out to one Tanzania and Zambia as emergence hosts of the championship.
The Uganda Cubs contingent is expected to return into the country this week.