UPL stars could be deployed for World Cup duty

Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) stars could earn the enviable job of representing the country in a World Cup qualifier.

Uganda complete their 2018 World Cup qualification away to Congo on November 6, their hopes for being in Russia having ended last weekend.

With the local-based players tournament, the Africa Nations Championship (Chan) due in January, word is that Fufa could now use footballers that might feature in that event.

Interim Cranes coach Moses Basena and his staff, whose arrangement with Fufa lasts until after the Congo game, could also be maintained for Chan preparations until a permanent manager is appointed.

“It is what we are considering,” said a top source from the local federation, who preferred not to be named because the idea is not yet rubber stamped.

This source was speaking to Uganda’s Daily Monitor, an independent newspaper.

“We are out of the World Cup qualification and the best we can do now is take a Chan team so that it gets cohesion ahead of the finals.”

Fufa head of communications Ahmed Hussein declined to commit himself on the matter, instead saying “everything will be decided when the executive sits.”