FUFA Gives Up on 2014 World Cup Campaign

FUFA's Head of Communications Rogers Mulindwa
FUFA’s Head of Communications Rogers Mulindwa

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has today said it is not keen on the remaining 2014 Group J World Cup qualifying games that involve the national team, Cranes.

Rogers Mulindwa, the head of Communication at the FA, confirmed to our Reporter about their change of heart.

Uganda Cranes who have never qualified for the World Cup and last made it to the Africa Cup of Nations in 1978 are currently bottom of Group J that has Senegal, Liberia and Angola.

Mulindwa said that while it would be a plus for the team to qualify, the FA is already planning ahead for other activities in case the Cranes do not make it.

The Cranes started with two draws against Senegal and Angola before falling 2-0 away to Liberia last month. The loss cost Coach Robert ‘Bobby’ Williamson his job. The Scotsman had won four regional Cecafa Senior Challenge Cups with the team and came close on two occasions to qualify the team for Afcon.

Mulindwa said the team has a new strategy they want to put in place in a broader plan and not just looking at 2014 World Cup qualifiers. For example, the new coach to be announced before the end of the month will be expected to take close supervision of the junior teams and also grass root football.

He said they expect no miracles in the coming matches next month against Liberia and Angola because there are few weeks to the games and they are still sorting out issues of appointing another coach.  Mulindwa said maximum attention was being paid to assembling a formidable team that will compete favorably in the next World Cup and Afcon qualifiers.

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