Uganda Football Federation (FUFA) president Moses Magogo has revealed that the national team could be forced to withdraw from the African Nations Championship (CHAN) due to a lack funds.
The Cranes qualified for the competition after beating Tanzania 4-0 on aggregate in the second round of qualifying and they were drawn alongside Senegal, Ivory Coast, and DR Congo in Group B.
However, Magogo took to social media on Monday to announce that the East Africans might have no choice but to pull out of CHAN 2022 for financial reasons.
FUFA has incurred a large amount of debt as a result of their various national teams being involved in international tournaments between July and October this year, including the Sand Cranes, Crested Cranes and Uganda Cubs.
“It is sad. Like for the U23s, we are left with no further option but to withdraw the @UgandaCranes from CHAN finals because @mofpedU [ministry of Finance] has not provided the funds as appropriated by @Parliament_Ug [parliament],” Magogo said on Twitter.
“The sanctions to Uganda will affect the future if we don’t take the hard decision now. Sorry for the players and coaches who qualified the team but it is the moment to face the reality.”
The seventh edition of CHAN is scheduled to take place from January 13 to February 4 next year, having being pushed back by six months due to COVID-19.