Magogo pledges FUFA support for Beach Soccer across the country as he welcomes Sand Cranes from Senegal

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By Ali Mutanje

FUFA President Hon. Eng. Moses Magogo hosted the Uganda national beach at a welcome luncheon held at Jevine Hotel, Rubaga in Kampala on Monday, 31st May 2021.

The luncheon was also attended by the first vice president of FUFA, Justus Mugisha; Executive Committee committee Hamid Juma (the leader of the delegation for the team in Senegal), Uganda Beach Soccer Association chairman Deo Mutabazi and delegate Anthony Tumwesigye, among others.

Magogo revealed that the federation is committed to the promotion of beach soccer in the major regions of the country. 

The Sand Cranes finished fourth at the AFCON 2021 beach soccer finals hosted by Senegal on their debut performance. They won one game and lost two out of three. They beat Tanzania 4-3 and lost to eventual champions Senegal 5-1 in the group games. The Sand Cranes qualified for the semi-finals and lost 6-3 against Mozambique. 

‘I welcome back the Uganda Sand Cranes from AFCON from the historic performance. You are historic players. We were very close to qualifying for the FIFA World Cup. We have got extra hunger to perform better. As FUFA, we have a lot of interest in beach soccer. We shall continue giving our best to support the game across the different regions of the country. We are working hard to construct a standard beach soccer facility. We shall continue providing logistics for the Uganda Sand Cranes, one of the nine national teams. In the last 8 years, we have had our teams play on the continental level 10 times (CHAN and AFCON tournaments). A proper strategy for each member in terms of competitions, training of coaches and other working methodologies’ Magogo said. 

The 24 man delegation will have UGX 185.9M to share between them and assured UGX 7m as per the FUFA payment scheme of players on the national team.

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