MP Nsereko, 13 Cranes Fans Detained At Casablanca Airport

Kampala central Member of Parliament Muhammad Nsereko and 13 Uganda Cranes fans were last night detained at the Casablanca International Airport in Morocco because of visa issues.

Uganda Cranes

Edgar Watson, the Fufa Chief Executive Officer said that the group could not be helped because some of their names were not on the list sent earlier to the Moroccan Football Association.

Watson said the development was complicated by the day being a public holiday in Morocco which made it difficult to get Moroccan FA officials to bail the legislator and the rest of the group.

Nsereko in Morocco
Nsereko in Morocco

The group traveled to Casablanca to cheer the Cranes team that will face Guinea in a crucial Group E game of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier later today.

Guinea are playing all their home games at Muhammed V Stadium in Casablanca after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) intervened because of fear of the deadly Ebola virus which has continued to kill many in the West African country.

Fufa President Moses Magogo said that he spent over four hours trying to plead with the Moroccan immigration authorities to clear the Ugandan fans, but they refused. Magogo however said they will try to help the 14 fans get cleared ahead of the game on Wednesday.

The Cranes need a draw against Guinea to qualify for the 2015 Afcon. The national team last qualified for Africa’s biggest football showpiece in 1978.

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