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FUFA President:Football is a process not an event

Football has been looked at by many at the tail end of the process but what is neglected often is the stages through which success is attained.

The Uganda Hippos on Saturday qualified to the quarterfinals of the Africa U20 Cup of Nations on their first time of asking.

The efforts put behind this team with majority of the players products of the FUFA Junior’s League is what needs to be appreciated and FUFA President in this article notes how the game is a process not an event.

Below is the excerpt

Previously Uganda National Football Teams qualification to major continental finals was spaced by decades and only stopped at group stages in the final tournament save 1999

Previous qualifications to note were;
1.1978 (AFCON)

  1. 1991 (U23 All Africa games)
  2. 1999 (U23 All Africa games)
  3. 2011 (U23 All Africa games)
  4. CHANs 2011, 2014, 2016, 2018

FAST FORWARD
Did you notice it is only Uganda in the whole of Africa that has qualified teams to play in the following major continental tournaments in a space of 2 years?

Uganda Hippos celebrating wining the CECAFA Trophy in Tanzania in December 2020

1.AFCON 2019 (Egypt) finished in knock out stages. Uganda’s second-best Afcon ever after the famous 1978

2. CHAN 2021 (Cameroon) group stages

3. Afcon U20 2021 (Mauritania) on-going

4. Afcon U17 2021 (Morocco) starting in March 2021

Uganda Cubs lifting the CECAFA Trophy

5. FIFA WOMEN World Cup U17 qualifiers (stopped because of Corona) was stopped when Uganda was in the last 6 teams in Africa only to beat only Cameroon and qualify to maiden world cup.

Qualification for major tournaments has become a minimum performance indicator. This is not an accident but a result of hard work by the various football people

Uganda Girls U17 National Team celebrating winning the trophy

We must now engage the next gear thus performance and results at these major tournaments

Domestic Competitions are our next target

Football is a process not an event

It’s Our Game, It’s Our Country

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