Sand Cranes players in training

The Uganda national Beach Soccer Team-Sand Cranes has qualified for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Beach Soccer tournament to be hosted by Senegal this year.

Uganda’s opponents Ghana were due to play the Sand Cranes over two legs starting with the first fixture at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru on 27th March 2021 but the West African giants withdrew from the tournament.

In a communication sent to FUFA by CAF partly reads; “Kindly note that Ghana FA has officially withdrawn from the Beach Soccer AFCON. Accordingly, the above mentioned two qualifying matches have been cancelled and Uganda is automatically qualified to the Final Tournament of Beach Soccer AFCON.”

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The FUFA Communications Director Ahmed Hussein Confirmed the latest developments.

“We have received communication form CAF in regard to the Beach Soccer Finals. FUFA National Teams Department will provide further guidance on the team camped in Njeru. However we also need to know that there is little time left as the tournament in in May this year. We were supposed to host the tournament in 2020 but passed on the opportunity back to CAF to find a replacement. Now we have the right to play at the finals,” Ahmed said.

Uganda that started playing beach soccer in 2009, and will make its maiden show at the continental tournament.