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Uganda Coach Cries Foul over Training Facility Ahead of Zambia Match

Zambia’s opponents in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final qualifying match, Uganda, are complaining over the closure of the stadium for renovation saying the team has no other training facility.

Cranes, as the Ugandans are know, have a frank-speaking Scottish Bobby Williamson who says he is not a happy man after his side that is was forced out of Namboole Stadium due to key repairs at the facility.

Cranes meet Zambia’s Chipolopolo in a crucial return leg for the home side on October 13, two weeks from now.

Williamson says the surface on which his the players have trained on outside Namboole training is not fine, and the soggy water especially from a Friday afternoon downpour does not make things any better.

For now, the players are on a break off training and will be back to the field on Today.

They will train from the pitches just outside the stadium.

But Parity Twinomujuni, the acting chief executive of Namboole stadium, said the main pitch will be ready for the Cranes players on Tuesday.

He assured that all the works within the stadium will be finished on Thursday.

Twinomujuni said keeping the players camped out of the stadium is to allow proper maintenance of the facility during the repairs.

“We are doing the patches, weeding, clearing and compressing the turf. That requires a break from matches. The ground will be ready by next week,” Twinomujuni said.

The 15-year-old sports facility will host a key match in which the home team looks to overturn a 1-0 away deficit to stand at a better chance of moving further into the competition.

The Scot’s side also hopes to drown last year’s heartbreak courtesy of Kenya’s Harambee Stars when they failed to qualify out of Group J with a 0-0 unyielding result.

The decision to patch up things at Namboole follows complaints from Zambia’s advance team that visited Kampala two weeks ago.

The Zambian visitors raised concern over the poor state of Namboole’s pitch.

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) then officially wrote to the Confederation of African football (CAF) over their concerns.

FUFA then had promised to rectify the situation.

Meanwhile, State sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi inspired the Ugandan soccer side with a boost of sh12m on Friday.

The minister also promised the team more if they eject the Africa champions from the competition.

Source: New Vision

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