Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has on Wednesday morning launched the campaign to promote Uganda Cranes road to 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
With the Cranes qualifying for the last two editions, it is a target for FUFA to make it a habit to play at the coveted continental showpiece.
And in a bid to fulfill the aforementioned target, the local football governing body has launched a campaign dubbed ‘ 366 BACK TO NAMBOOLE’.
The reason behind the choice of the 366 tag is because it will be exactly 366 days on 17th November since the Cranes last played at Mandela National stadium.
On this day, the Cranes will host Malawi in the 2nd game of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.
Acting FUFA President Justus Mugisha, indicated they want to start the qualifiers on a high in a bid to qualify for the third successive time.
‘As FUFA, we want to qualify for AFCON 2021 and like we have made qualifying to the final tournament a habit.
We therefore launch a campaign today named 366 as we look forward to our first home game against Malawi next month.
Uganda will start their AFCON campaign on the road against Burkina Faso before hosting Malawi at Namboole on November 13 and 17 respectively.
Mugisha also pledged to give new coach John McKinstry all the necessary support to make sure the team performs well.
“We know the value of this campaign and we want to start this on a high. We are ready to give our new coach maximum support. We want to ensure that the team gets good preparations, hotels, training grounds. The coach will also be able to move out and watch some of our foreign based players feature at their respective clubs.”
FUFA has also announced that they will be use Uganda Airlines in Cranes’ first game against Burkina Faso.
There will be about 30 seats reserved for the willing fans to travel with the team and dine with the players, access the stadium and hotels at a fee of 1500 dollars on a first come, first serve basis.
The home game against Malawi has been priced at Sh20,000 ordinary with early bird tickets going for Sh15000. VIP and VVIP will go for Sh50000 and Sh120000 respectively.
Airtel Uganda is the main sponsor for the national team and has bankrolled the team for the last six years.