August 20, 2013

Gov’t to fly Cranes fans to Morocco

Uganda Cranes fans
Uganda Cranes fans

The Ugandan government has finally succumbed to pressure and agreed to fly Uganda Cranes fans to Morocco in a bid to garner enough support for the national football team when they face African powerhouse Senegal in a do-or-die 2014 World Cup qualifier.

Minister of Education and Sports Jessica Alupo revealed on Monday that they have already committed about $250,000 to charter a plane to fly fans to Morocco.

The Cranes need to beat Senegal on September 7 at the Marrakech Stadium to be able to qualify for the last phase of the World Cup qualifier.

The West African team leads   Group J with nine points, while Uganda Cranes are second on eight points.

“We have always supported the national football team and also realised that this game is very crucial and fans need to go and give maximum support so that we get positive results,” added Alupo.

She said they will also allocate money towards the Cranes team to cater for preparations, allowances, air tickets and accommodation ahead of the crucial game.

In their first meeting last year in Kampala, Senegal managed to hold Uganda to a 1-1 draw.

The government of Uganda does not always sponsor the team and only come in occasionally.

The support to the team is left to the FA and the sponsors MTN Uganda Limited and Nile Breweries Limited (NBL).

Uganda cheerleader Uncle Money
Uganda cheerleader Uncle Money
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