Uganda officially backed out from hosting the 2020 Africa Cup of Nations Beach Soccer Championship which was last hosted by Egypt in 2018.
This was confirmed on Tuesday, 30th June 2020 as one of the resolutions from the online assembly.
However, Uganda’s reason for withdrawal was not clearly stated, creating a lot of confusion.
At first, it was alleged that the inability to get an alternative venue in time following the rising water levels sweeping off many natural beaches around the shoreline of Lake Victoria which was the selected hosting venue for the tournament. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could have also played a role in the withdrawal.
However, Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) Communication manager Ahmed Hussein Marsha has since come out to shed more light on the matter.
Hussein told ChimpReports that CAF’s failure to meet the deadline set for inspection on activities in Uganda and of course the uncertainties caused by the global pandemic ultimately led to the withdrawal.
“We were supposed to host the 2020 AFCON Beach Soccer tournament this year and there were deadlines that were meant to be met by FUFA and CAF to come and carry out inspection on activities and also the deadlines that had been set,” Hussein told this website.
He added, “Unfortunately, this period that has been affected by the pandemic of COVID 19 has made it impossible and we have wrote back to CAF of their inability as well as FUFA not being able to meet the deadline of CAF coming here to carry out the inspection.”
Hussein further noted that CAF Executive will decide on who to hand the opportunity to host the next edition.
“That opportunity has been passed on to another hosting country that CAF will decide the executive. As a country and FUFA we miss out the opportunity in terms of learning more to organise bigger tournaments as there is always hope that Uganda will always come up and host international tournaments bigger than the CECAFA itself,” he concluded.
As a the initial hosting nation, the Sand Cranes (Uganda National beach Soccer team) had directly qualified for the Championship.