2021 Afcon Qualifier : Cranes Charter Uganda Airlines to Burkina Faso

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Jonathan McKinstry (left) and Decolas Kiiza during the press conference at FUFA House, Mengo in Kampala. /Fufa
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AT Reporter

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) has chartered a Uganda Airlines flight to fly the national team for their first 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier away to Burkina Faso.

This was confirmed during the press conference held at FUFA Headquarters in Kampala on Wednesday, 23rd October 2019 during the launch of the campaign, code named “366 Back to Namboole with Cranes”.

‘To ease the means of transport, FUFA has chartered a flight for Uganda Cranes aboard Uganda Airlines Bombardier departing Entebbe International Airport on 12th November 2019 and will return on 14th November 2019 after the game,” said Decolas Kiiza, FUFA Deputy CEO in charge of Football.

“Thirty seats have been reserved for interested Uganda Cranes fans willing to travel with team to Ouagadougou at a cost of 5,550,000 Uganda shillings (USD 1500),” he added.

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Burkina Faso will host the Uganda Cranes on November 13th in a Group B game in Ouagadougou before returning for a home game against Malawi on November 17th at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

New Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan McKinstry thanked Fufa for organizing a chartered flight for the team which will ease their travel to and from Burkina Faso.

“The ability to travel to Burkina Faso on a chartered flight is great. Although it does not guarantee success,” added McKinstry.

Acting Fufa President Justus Mugisha acknowledged government support towards football and said the federation had full confidence McKinstry would deliver.

“We have a lot of trust in the new coach and know he will guide us to 2021 Afcon,” added Mugisha who is serving as Moses Hassim Magogo is serving a two month FIFA suspension for being involved in the resale of 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets.

– 366 Back to Namboole with Cranes –

L-R: Darius Mugoye, Justus Mugisha, Jonathan McKinstry and Decolas Kiiza during the 366 Back to Namboole with Cranes launch at FUFA House, Mengo

The campaign name “366 Back to Namboole with Cranes” is derived from the date when Uganda Cranes last played against Cape Verde on 17th November 2018 when Patrick Henry Kaddu scored to confirm Uganda’s berth at AFCON 2019 in Egypt.

Uganda Cranes went on to reach the Group of 16 at the 2019 Afcon where they lost 1-0 to Senegal.

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