Fufa president Moses Magogo feels Uganda is capable of hosting the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations(AFCON). According to the Daily Monitor, Megogo spoke on some many issues which included Uganda’s first Afcon appearance in 39 years at a press briefing on Monday.
Magogo stated: “When we hand in our report to government, we want to engage them to host Afcon in 2025. It is within our means,” a happy-looking Magogo.
He was quick to add that from the experience from everyone who was in Gabon where Cranes were eliminated at the group stage, infrastructure is what Uganda primarily lacks. To host an Afcon, you need at least four stadiums. “The next step should be sports funding infrastructure from government. We are lacking a lot in infrastructure. We need modern sports law and more funding for national teams and clubs that represent Uganda,” he reiterated.
The above statement has constituted most of his recent addresses. “We have done well to market this country and therefore we deserve to be considered,” Magogo added.
The federation boss also revealed that government contributed US$0.56m towards the national team’s exertion with Fufa forking out US$0.5m that would rather be “used for development” of football.
Initially, Fufa had a budget of US$2m (in excess of Shs7bn) but upon failing to raise the entire sum, Magogo said they went back to working within the means possible.
This meant that Uganda Cranes didn’t carry their own food or cooks like Morocco, who were next door neighbours in Oyem.
Magogo also referred to the 1-0 defeats Uganda suffered at the hands of Ghana and Egypt as “losing in honour” and a sign of “bridging the gap” with Africa’s best teams.
“However, the gap between us and the big nations is still huge. We are bridging that gap but overtaking them is a different experience,” he said. Referring Cranes failing to win games at the 1974 and 1976 editions before reaching the final in 1978, Magogo demanded that Uganda makes “qualification a routine”.