In the wake of Uganda’s embarrassing 3-0 loss away to Tanzania, fans across the country have come out to castigate the manner in which the Cranes lost Sunday’s game.
Many have made strong claims suggesting the game may have been ‘sold’ so that Tanzania wins.
Hours after the game ended, FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo claimed, via his Facebook page, that it was high time the coaches to explain their selections and tactics.
“This is the worst result of the Uganda Cranes in my administration. No one can feel more disappointed than me, read Magogo’s post.
“As administration we provided everything the technical team and players wanted. We therefore all ought to understand the following facts: 1. All allowances and outstanding bonuses were fully paid before the match. 2. The coach asked for a camp in Egypt, we provided it. 3. The coach has full independent hand to select the team including the lineup. We have and will never interfere with the team callup and lineup. 4. Bonuses of 2500 USD per player for the win and 1500 USD for a 0-0 draw were announced before the match of Tz. 5. Despite NCS not providing the funds required, the FUFA Administration mobilized funds and cleared everything outstanding before the match.
“I want to listen to any explanation why it is not the coach and the team responsible for this dismal performance but the FUFA President and/or the administration, continued Magogo.
“We are also football fans hurt by the bad results. We are also football fans sometimes in disagreement with the decisions of the coaches but we support them because they are the most technical
“Now is the time for the coaches to explain their selections and tactics but not before the match
“We will wait for the technical explanations from the technical team of the match.
Despite the loss, Uganda finished the qualifiers on top of Group L with 13 points from six games having won 4, drawn 1 and lost one.
Even before Sunday’s game, Uganda had already qualified for the AFCON finals proper.
For Tanzania, the win saw them move onto 8 points from 6 games and finish second in the group to qualify for the AFCON finals in Egypt.
They join Uganda, Kenya and Burundi as the four East African nations to reach the June/July showpiece.
In the other Group L game, Cape Verde and Lesotho drew 0-0.