Monday, 10 June 2013

National Football team kicked Out Of Namboole

The Uganda Cranes team has been thrown out of Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, where they have been preparing for a World Cup qualifier game against Angola on Saturday. Namboole management reportedly said the stadium was booked until Friday by a Kampala-based Under-15 soccer academy.
The Uganda Cranes team has been thrown out of Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, where they have been preparing for a World Cup qualifier game against Angola on Saturday.Information coming in indicates that the team, fresh from beating Liberia 1-0 last weekend at the same venue, were today asked to vacate. Namboole management reportedly said the stadium was booked until Friday by a Kampala-based Under-15 soccer academy. Friday will be just a day before the Cranes and the Black Antelopes of Angola face off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying encounter Uganda must win to brighten their chances of advancing to the next stage.
A Uganda Radio Network reporter at Namboole says the Cranes teams are now training from the outer field near the main stadium. The team manager Crispus Muyinda tells URN that they were told by the Namboole management that the stadium is booked for at least three days and that it is out of bounds of the Cranes.
Officials from Namboole have not yet commented on the story.
The Saturday win against Liberia pushed the Cranes to second position in Group J with five points just behind leaders Senegal who have six points. Angola and Liberia have four points each, with the former having a superior goal difference. The Cranes need to win their two remaining fixtures against Angola at home and Senegal away to advance to the final stage of qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The eviction comes just hours after Sports Minister Charles Bakkabulindi told journalists at Parliament that the Uganda Cranes team lacks commitment in the games they play.
Bakkabulindi said that in the game against Liberia, the Cranes only showed commitment at the start of the game and that towards the last fifteen minutes of the first half the midfield was almost dead.
Bakkabulindi acknowledged the support from the supporters at Namboole Stadium. He noted that new Coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic needs protection on the job since he is still new and that preparing the team cannot be done overnight.