Ugandan national football team decided not to participate in the African Cup of Local Players (CHAN) finals scheduled from January 13 to February 4 in Algeria, due to lack of financial capabilities, according to what was stated today, Wednesday, by the President of the Ugandan Football Federation.
Moses Magogo, President of the Ugandan Federation, regretted this decision, saying: “The decision not to participate in the tournament was difficult because it was taken due to lack of financial resources, and there was no other option.” He added that this decision is really sad, especially for the players and coaches who supervised the team’s preparation for the competition. “We have made this decision with great pain.”
This is not the first time that Ugandan teams have withdrawn from continental competitions due to the lack of financial capabilities. Where the Ugandan national team (under 23 years) withdrew last October for the same reasons from the African Cup of Nations for the age group.
In the group stage of the African Championship for local players, Uganda was scheduled to face the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.
As a reminder, the 18 teams participating in the continental championship were divided into three groups of four teams, compared to three teams in the other two groups.
The top two from the first, second and third groups qualify for the quarter-final round, while the first-placed only from the fourth and fifth groups qualify for the same round.