The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) has announced that the Cranes team will require a whooping Ug Shs 3.8 billion for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.
Decolas Kiiza, the Federations Head of Finance said this morning during a press briefing at the Fufa headquarters in Mengo that the qualifiers which start next month for Cranes will be a very expensive venture.
The Cranes who last qualified for the Afcon in 1978 in Ghana will start the campaign in the second round of the preliminary. Kiiza explained that the Cranes will play a total of 10 matches if they go past the preliminary stage and enter the group stage.
The official explained that although they have some money coming from their sponsors like Airtel, National Insurance Cooperation, Nile Breweries, they are also targeting cash from ticketing, government support and selling merchandize.
Edgar Watson, the Federations’ Chief Executive Officer said the campaign will be very intense as it will run for six months and will have matches played on weekends and in week days like is the case in Europe.
“At the moment we do not know whether we shall play home or away and who will host the first leg .The match dates for the encounters will be between May 16th – 18th May (first leg) and May 30th – June 1st,” Watson clarified.
Incase Cranes qualify to the next round, they will be drawn for the 3rd preliminary round where 14 teams will be drawn into seven pairs to play each other on a home and away knock out basis which games will be played between July 18th – 20th (First leg) and August 1st – 3rd (second leg).
The seven winners of the ties will then join the 21 teams seeded in the seven groups with matches set to be played on Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesdays.
The first and second from the seven groups will automatically qualify for the finals in Morocco joined by the third best in all groups and hosts Morocco to make the 16 teams.
The Cranes who are ranked fifth in the second round of preliminary round of the qualifiers with 6.5 points behind Malawi, Botswana, Equatorial Guinea and Africa Nations Championship winners Libya will know their opponents on April 27th when the draws are made in Cairo, Egypt.
The likely opponents for the Cranes in the second round of the preliminary round include; Rwanda, Tanzania, Namibia, Burundi, Lesotho, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Chad, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Comoros, Swaziland, South Sudan and the winner between Mauritius and Mauritania.