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AFCON 2017: Uganda Cranes Qualification; Let’s enjoy the moment, says FUFA President

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President Eng. Moses Magogo has appreciated the efforts of every stake-holder towards the successful qualification of Uganda Cranes to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the first time in 38 years. Uganda Cranes defeated Comoros 1-0 at Nambole to send the whole country into jubilations following the team’s qualification under the leadership of Magogo and his 12 man team of Justus Mugisha(1st VP), Darius Mugoye (2nd VP), Denis Mbidde (3rd VP); Executive Members; Rogers Byamukama, Dr Ogwel Bernard Patrick, Chris Kalibala, Sam Mpiima, Agnes Mgena, Rasoul Aliga, Hamid Juma and Sam Lwere

The FUFA President was addressing the media at the weekly press conference on Wednesday at the FUFA headquarters in Mengo, Kampala.

Flanked by Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic and Chris Kalibala, a FUFA Executive Committee member, FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein, Eng Magogo in his usual jovial moods thanked in a special way the FUFA Executive committee, Secretariat (staff) members, Uganda Cranes technical committee, medical team and the players, media, club chairmen and the domestic coaches.

FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo addresses the media at FUFA House on Wednesday

The FUFA President lauded the Government of Uganda and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in particular for the timely  moral and financial assistance every-time the federation has required his full support.

I thank everyone who has done a commendable job towards working for the qualification.

It is a special moment worth celebrating for all the Ugandans. Let us be proud of it and celebrate the moment.

The interests of the nation last forever and years but the interest of the individuals fade out. Let us not front selfish interests but rather support the national team.

The FUFA President also hinted on the steady progress of the federation in rhyming with the sponsors and partners.

I am very glad for all the FUFA and Uganda Cranes sponsors. The Airtel Uganda sponsorship for the Uganda Cranes has helped to drive the national team and the sponsors themselves have been so far impressed by the team’s progress.

FUFA President also took time to thank the unsung hero towards Uganda Cranes success everytime they play an international match.

Many of you don’t know the people behind the success of Uganda Crane. We have secretariat staff who work day and night to make things happen. I take this opportunity to thank CEO Personal assistant Sharon Nalunga, Finance Director Decolas Kiiza and Finance Officer Muhamood ‘Blatter’ Kalema for their tireless efforts towards the success of Uganda Cranes’ 

Uganda Cranes now switch focus to the preparations for the next 2018 World Cup qualifier against Congo Brazzaville on 12th November 2016 at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

There is a planned international friendly match scheduled for the 8th November 2016 in Kampala (the opponent will be announced officially after all the modalities are completed).


Uganda Cranes head coach Micho too thanked the players, fans and media for the oneness in achieving the country’s targets.

MAIN PHOTO: L-R – FUFA Communications Director, Ahmed Hussein, FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo and Uganda Cranes head coach Micho addressed the media

PHOTO CREDITS: FUFA Communications Department

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