FOOTBALL–The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has agreed to move next March’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to October, 2018.
This comes as Uganda Cranes were preparing to host Tanzania in their second group game of the campaign on the weekend of 23rd to 25th of March.
Uganda is currently leading group L with three points from one game having defeated the Cape Verde Islands 1-0 away from home with the other two in he group Tanzania and Lesotho playing out a one all draw.
“The changes have no effect on our preparations as a nation. Said interim Cranes coach Moses Basena.
“We will make sure we are ready for any dates that will be availed to us because we are a big team and don’t have to worry about such issues.
“Uganda has a lot of competitions coming up and may be the boys can get a breather.
“What I am only hoping is that we can get friendlies too on those dates so as we can step in shape. Concluded Basena.
The change of dates for all the qualifying matches means that Africa’s five World Cup finalists can play friendly internationals in March.
Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco are the five African teams going to play in Russia next year.
With the 2019 Nations Cup finals in Cameroon kicking off in July rather than January there are extra international dates available for qualifiers.