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.
The announcement was made on Wednesday during the launch of the 2021 Afcon qualification campaign at the Fufa headquarter in Mengo.
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.
Decolas Kiiza, the new Deputy Chief Executive Officer in-charge of Football said the chartered flight will depart to Ouagadougou on November 12th and return after two days.
“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.
New Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan McKinstry thanked Fufa for organizing a chartered flight for the team which will ease their travel to Burkina Faso. “The ability to travel to Burkina Faso on a chartered flight is great. Although it does not guarantee success,” added the new coach from Northern Ireland.
Acting Fufa President Justus Mugisha thanked the government for all the support towards football. “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.
South Sudan who qualified through the preliminary round are the other team in Group B.
Uganda Cranes reached the Group of 16 at the 2019 Afcon held in Egypt where they lost 1-0 to Senegal.