Afcon Buildup: Cecafa Countries Turn Down Cranes Request, Focus on Tunisia, S.Arabia Camps

Kenya, this Tanzania, healing Rwanda and Ethiopia all turned down requests from Uganda to engage in buildup friendlies as part of the preparations for 2017 Afcon, Cranes coach Micho revealed.

The coach was speaking during a media briefing on Wednesday at the Fufa house in Mengo where he released his proposed training camps.

“Cecafa (senior challenge) was our plan A to gauge the players and start preparations with a number of players,” He said. “That failed and now we are opting for plan C.”

When tasked by media to explain what the contents of plan B were, the straight forward tactician said that, “Plan B was to play Kenya or Rwanda or Tanzania but all did not have a budget for the game and then Ethiopia refused because their league is ongoing.”


The Cranes started workouts on Wednesday with nonresidential training and will continue on selected days until December 16. The coach will name a provisional squad for AFCON on November 30.

The squad will begin a residential training from December 19 for ten days up to 30th with a rest on Christmas day. The team could possibly have a training on December 29th before flying off for camping in Tunisia the next day.

In Tunisia, Cranes will test strength against Libya and the hosts on New Year’s and January 4th respectively.


Another training camp follows on January 5th in Al Wasl, Dubai for eight days up to January 13th. There is another possibility to play two more friendlies while in Dubai.

“All these plans depend on how timely the government and other stakeholders fulfill their promise to fund the team’s preparations,” Micho summed up

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