Uganda Cranes To Take Part In Egyptian Nile Basin Tournament In January

The cranes will use the three day tournament to prepare for the CHAN due in Sudan next year.
After finishing third in the just concluded Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, Uganda national team, the Cranes are now preparing for the Nile Basin tournament from 3 to 16 January 2011, in Egypt.

Uganda football federation chief executive officer Edgar Watson told the New Vision that Uganda will take part in the event, which is organised and sponsored by the Egyptian Football Association.

The Egyptians will cater for the air tickets and full board accommodation for all the visiting teams according to the invitation letter from the Egyptian FA president Samir Hazel.

"We will meet and discuss the modalities of the competition as participating," said Watson.
Cranes coach Robert Williamson had said that Uganda will participate in the event as a build up for the Africa Championship finals due in Sudan next year.

"I am disappointed for not having won the trophy (Cecafa). I believe we were the best team. With this team, we are capable of winning CHAN and also qualify for Africa Nations Cup, and the World Cup," Williamson stated.

"I am now fully focused on CHAN and Nations Cup qualifying fixtures. We will look to introduce new players to give the team new energy and I am extremely proud to be the Cranes coach, it means so much to me and I am determined to succeed."

Williamson has guided the Cranes to two back to back CECAFA titles (2008 & 2009) with an impressive record in African Nations Cup qualifiers where his side is leading Group J on four points.

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