Uganda Trains In Stony Milele Hotel Backyard

The Kenya Football Federation (KFF) and the GOtv East and Central Africa Senior Challenge Cup organisers abandoned the visiting Uganda national team to its fate on Monday and Tuesday. The defending champions have since then struggled to access the training grounds.

Uganda midfielder Joseph Mpande and colleagues relax most of the time in Machokos due to  lack of training facilities
Uganda midfielder Joseph Mpande and colleagues relax most of the time in Machokos due to lack of training facilities

Uganda start their title defence on Friday against Rwanda, who they drew with goalless in a friendly recently.

The Cranes are accommodated at Milele Hotel, a few meters away from Nyayo Stadium, tournament’s main pitch and complaints cropped up in the Cranes camp on Monday afternoon after Micho reportedly complained of the “poor” hotel they had been booked into in Nairobi.

And according to an official who travelled with the team, Micho’s men on Tuesday used hotel’s small gardens to have a sketchy training because they couldn’t access the pitches.

“We can’t go on fighting with other teams for the inadequate training grounds. On Monday, the ground we had to use was also to be used by three other teams in the group at the same time,” he revealed to this paper.

“Since it is a rainy season, by the time we had to come-in to use the ground, it was very muddy,” the official added.

Hosts Kenya, meanwhile, have been training at the prestigious Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani since last Monday after the end of the Premier League season. They open up against Ethiopia on Wednesday afternoon at Nyayo Stadium.

The CECAFA local organising committee is yet to officially come up and address the situation.

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