European Scouts Monitoring Uganda At CHAN

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Uganda vs Zimbabwe SS4

As Uganda Cranes prepare for Thursday’s match against Zimbabwe, some of Micho Sredejovic’s men could be motivated by the fact that scouts from Europe are following Chan.

Football - 2014 CAF African Nations Championships - Uganda v Burkina Faso - Cape TownSouth African-based football agent Ralph Nkomo, who watched yesterday’s Group C match involving Ghana and Congo, tells that a sizeable number of representatives from local and international clubs are monitoring the matches with a view of discovering untapped talent.

Uganda , South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Morocco and Burkina Faso are some of the teams competing in the tournament, which is only open to players who turn out in their domestic leagues.

And Uganda brilliantly showed they had learnt from a catastrophic debut of three straight losses in the 2011 edition in Sudan when they convincingly passed the first assignment on Sunday night with scounts following, dismissing Burkina Faso 2-1 thanks to a well executed brace by teenager Yunus Sentamu. Cyrille Bayala grabbed Burkinabe’s consolation.

“You must appreciate that there are several countries taking part in these games and this is what has attracted a number of scouts from inside and outside the country,” Nkomo says.

“I had a look at some of the players from Uganda when they played against Burkina Faso. There were also scouts from France and Belgium together with representatives from some South African clubs,” Nkomo adds.

“The transfer window will close at the end of this month. The tournament will be played until 1 February so there are many matches and many players to have a look at.”

Previous edition of the competition have exposed the talents of current skipper Denis Guma, Stephen Bengo and Habib Kavuma before they were household names in the local top-flight.


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