It was obvious that the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) would react swiftly following CAF’s cancellation of the 2020 Championship of Africa Nations (CHAN).
FUFA has also cancelled the training camp for Uganda Cranes with immediate effect because of the deadly COVID-19 (Corona Virus).
FUFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Edgar Watson Suubi confirmed that development on Wednesday during the address to the media at the home of football in Mengo, Kampala.
Watson, also a member of CAF Technical Study Group, notified that the development comes in the wake of CAF calling off the CHAN 2020 event that was due to kick off in Cameroon next month.
To that effect, the players who were in a residential camp have been released and will regroup in future when the situation has been put in check.
With CAF announcing that the 2020 CHAN tournament is called off, it was inevitable for us. We aslo decided to stop the national team camp. For now, the camp has been stopped and the players will return to their respective teams. We want to urge the football fraternity to remain vigilant and follow the guidelines put in place by government, the World Health Organization and FIFA in regards to COVID-19.Edgar Watson, FUFA CEO
In a letter written to all nations that were supposed to take part in the biennial championship, CAF Acting General Secretary, Abdel Bah confirmed that the tournament has been postponed to a date yet to be communicated.
Following the growing concern of the COVID-19 virus and the report of the recently concluded Medical Inspection visit to the history country of the Total CHAN, Cameroon 2020 CAF Emergency Committee decided today to postpone the competition until further notice. Travelling across the continent is growing increasingly complicated and even impossible for some countries, due to the restrictions put in place by the different governments.CAF Acting General Secretary, Abdel Bah
Uganda Cranes head coach Jonathan McKinstry believes the postponement of the tournament comes with challenges but insists life is more important.
We are definitely affected by the postponement of the tournament considering the preparations we have had and the cohesion the players had formed but of course life is more important and we respect the decision made. We shall keep monitoring the situation and know how we handle the situation.Jonanthan McKinstry, Uganda Cranes head coach as quoted by FUFA Website
CAF administration will propose the potential new dates in due time depending on the improvement of the situation.
Uganda is one of the 16 nations that qualified for the 2020 CHAN edition that was supposed to start in April.
The Uganda Cranes are placed in group C alongside Rwanda, Togo, and Morocco.