Magogo Announces UGX7.7m Handshake for Each Sand Crane From AFCON Senegal

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Federation of Uganda Football Association boss Engineer Moses Magogo has vowed to develop Beach Soccer in Uganda and extend the sport to different corners of the country.

Magogo made the promise as he hosted the Uganda national beach soccer team, Sand Cranes, freshly returned from AFCON in Senegal, to a welcome luncheon held at Jevine Hotel, Rubaga in Kampala on Monday, 31st May 2021.

According to Magogo, FUFA in partnership with the Uganda Beach Soccer Association will extend the sport to different Universities and schools and other regions in a bid to make popular around the country. 

The administrator added on that the Federation has supported the game before, funding the domestic league, and will also look into extending the game to other parts that do not have beaches. 

Magogo also thanked the Sand Cranes for finishing fourth in the tournament since it was their maiden appearance. He said the Federation will provide a favorable situation for the team to compete in the next edition of the tournament in a bid to improve on this year’s performance.   

In the same meeting, Magogo also revealed that the Federation will give over 190 million ugx to the players and the technical team that were part of the Sand Cranes team. This therefore means that each of the 24 members on the team will get at least 7,700,000 ugx as per the FUFA payment scheme of players on the national team.

Deo Mutabazi, chairman Uganda Beach Soccer Association said that they are using the AFCON experience to design a technical strategy for the development of the game, to assist clubs on how best to approach the game. 

“The AFCON experience was a real blessing to us as we learnt firsthand how to hand different situations, technically, we are planning a retreat and shall design a technical strategy,”  Mutabazi said.

Sand Cranes head coach Salim Muwonge said his team has leant many things in their first participation in the Beach Soccer finals.

“We gained a lot from the AFCON beach soccer tournament played in Senegal,” Muwonge said. “We shall revise each and every game we play going forward for better planning in future.”

The Sand Cranes finished fourth at the AFCON 2021 beach soccer finals hosted by Senegal after falling to Mozambique in the semifinals. This was the first time Uganda is participating in the finals.


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