FUFA vice president in charge of technical Livingstone Kyambadde

Uganda Cranes can only train for  a week before they launch their 2013 Nations Cup qualifier campaign against Congo Brazaville away on February 29.

FUFA has said that the national team will regroup for training on February 20th and fly out at least three days to match day.

An official on the FUFA technical committee noted yesterday that the team will only comprise of foreign based players in the various leagues outside Uganda.

This comment contradicts Coach Bobby Williamson’s position to groom young players for the 2013 campaign but the official said that they have no option but to engage senior players for the match against Congo-Brazzaville due to time constraint.

FUFA vice president Livingstone Kyambadde said yesterday that they were consulting with the players to ascertain their presence for the match and would announce a squad next week.

“Current problems in running of the league have set us back and we have had to consult mainly foreign based players. We are running short on time but a squad will be announced tomorrow,” Kyambadde noted.

FUFA have not been so enthusiastic to prepare for the 2013 campaign like it was and officials at Mengo attribute to the aborted 2012 qualifiers.

In their latest clash the meeting between Uganda and Congo in the under 23 All Africa Games qualifiers Uganda prevailed in Kampala 1-0 and drew goalless in Brazzaville.

FUFA officials including Cranes coach Bobby Williamson have said before that Congo is a manageable task for the 2013 Nations Cup due in South Africa.

By Swalley Kenyi, The New Vision

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