Tags: AFCONKadagatopUganda Cranes Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga said she is confident that Uganda Cranes will qualify in the next AFCON. (PHOTO/File)KAMPALA– The Speaker of Parliament, Hon Rebecca Kadaga has sent a message to the Uganda cranes, congratulating them upon their brilliant participation at the on-going Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament 2019.“On behalf of the Uganda Parliament, I take this opportunity to commend you upon your performance at the AFCON 2019,” the Speaker wrote.Hon. Kadaga said that it is a great achievement that after a 30-years-absence on the continental scene, the team has been able to qualify for the AFCON finals both in 2017 and 2019.She also added that the Cranes have moved a step higher because they managed to reach the last 16 where they played against Senegal, which she termed as a ‘strong’ team.“Indeed to hold a very experienced team like Senegal which featured in the World Cup is a testimony of your capacity and tenacity,” She acknowledged.The Speaker wished the team well and said she is confident that theu will qualify for the next AFCON in 2021 and go beyond the round of 16.The Uganda Cranes team that participated in AFCON 2019. (PHOTO/File)The Uganda Cranes returned to the country on Monday morning and went on to met His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at his residence in Entebbe.The President organized this function to also congratulate the team for their performance at the AFCON.Uganda was eliminated at the round of 16 on Friday night following a 0-1 loss to Senegal.This was the first time that the Cranes have made it out of the group stage since reaching and losing the final in 1978.Their record at AFCON 2019 stands as; Played 4, Won 1, Drew 1 and lost two. The team scored three goals and conceded five.In their first game, Emmanuel Okwi and Patrick Kaddu both scored as they overcame DR Congo 2-0.They then went on to draw 1-1 with Zimbabwe, a game that saw Okwi score his second goal of the competition.Up next was a date with the hosts-Egypt which ended in a 0-2 loss in a game that many thought Uganda did not deserve to lose after an impressive display throughout the 90 minutes.By the end of the group stages, Uganda ranked second in Group A with 4 points, five behind leaders Egypt.The Cranes finished second in Group A to qualify for the round of 16.They subsequently qualified for the round of 16 where they faced off with Senegal but Liverpool’s Sadio Mane ensured their journey did not continue as he scored the only goal of the day, thus eliminating Sebastien Desabre’s side.Comments
Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan are all set to return to domestic cricket, playing for Mumbai in their Ranji Trophy opener against Railways at the Wankhede Stadium here in the first week of November.”Sachin and Zaheer are likely to play in Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy opener at the Wankhede Stadium. They have expressed their interest to play in the game,” said MCA’s joint secretary Nitin Dalal. The opening game between Mumbai and Railways is scheduled from November 2 to 5.Tendulkar, 39, had last played for his home association in the final against Uttar Pradesh in January 2009, at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi Stadium when the matches in the tournament was held at neutral venues. Though he managed only single digit scores in both innings, Mumbai walloped UP by 243 runs to clinch the title for the 38th time.Zaheer KhanClick here to EnlargeTendulkar had played in the semi-final too against Saurashtra and notched a century at Chennai. Zaheer, 34, played two games last season to get into the groove for the international matches after an injury lay-off. He played against Orissa at Cuttack and against Saurashtra at Rajkot, his 27th and last appearance in Mumbai colours.The presence of Tendulkar and Zaheer for the tournament opener would be a major boost for Mumbai, who would be without their most experienced Ranji batsman Wasim Jaffer for the first three games as he is set to go on Haj pilgrimage.”Jaffer told me he would not be available for the first four games but has changed his mind and said today he will be unavailable for only the first three games,” informed Dalal.advertisementJaffer will miss the home game against Railways, the second match against holders Rajasthan at Udaipur (Nov 9-12) and the third tie against Hyderabad in the latter’s backyard (Nov 24-27). The 34-year-old former India opener is available for the fourth tie at home against Bengal (Dec 1-4).