The Uganda Cranes starting XI against Togo in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

The Uganda National Football Team, The Uganda Cranes have been nominated by the Confederation of African Football for the team of the Year 2016.

[/media-credit] Uganda Cranes’ players celebrate Farouk Miya’s goal against Congo Brazzaville Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

This is after the team qualified for the finals of the Africa Nations Cup for the first time since 1978, when they lost to Ghana 2-0 in the finals.

Uganda, under the guidance of Serbian tactician, Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, nominee for the coach of the year, against all odds made the 16 teams to play in AFCON 2017 from a group that had Burkina Faso, Botswana and Comoros.

On top of that feat, the Uganda Cranes played at the 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) and are also still in contention for a place in Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.

They are second in a group of death that is topped by Egypt and also has Ghana and Congo Brazzaville with two rounds played.

[/media-credit] The Uganda Cranes starting XI against Togo in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

The Cranes are up against the Leopards of DR Congo, winners of CHAN, the Nigeria U-23 team that conquered the world, the Lions of Teranga that qualified for AFCON in Gabon with a 100% record and Guinea Bissau that shocked giants Zambia, Congo and Kenya to qualify for their first ever Africa Nations Cup finals.

The winners will be decided by votes from the CAF Technical & Development, Media Committees and a panel of 20 experts (Journalists, TV consultants).

The winners will be announced at the Glo-CAF Awards Gala scheduled for Thursday, January 5, 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria.

Denis Onyango (CAF Player of the Year based in Africa) and Micho (Coach of the Year) are other nominees related to the Cranes and Uganda as a whole.

National Team of the Year

DR Congo
Guinea Bissau
Nigeria U-23
Senegal
Uganda

Coach of the Year

Florent IBENGE (DR Congo)

Milutin ‘Micho’ SREDOJEVIC (Uganda)

Pitso MOSIMANE (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Nacer SANDJAK (MO Bejaia)

Florence OMAGBEMI (Nigeria women’s national team)

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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