Uganda Federation of Football Associations President Moses Hassim Magogo has announced his country’s withdrawal from the African Nations Championship (CHAN) for issues related to government funding.
Moses Hassim Magogo, who is also a member of Uganda’s parliament, said the withdrawal from the tournament due to start in Algeria on January 13 was “sad”.
“We are left with no further option but to withdraw from CHAN finals because the [Ministry of Finance] has not provided the funds as appropriated by parliament,” he wrote on Twitter.
“The sanctions to Uganda will affect the future if we don’t take the hard decision now. Sorry for the players and coaches who qualified the team but it is the moment to face the reality.”
The 2023 CHAN is due to feature 18 teams so if Uganda do pull out it will leave organisers the Confederation of African Football (Caf) needing a replacement at short notice or with 17 teams in an already unusual format.
Uganda were drawn in a four-team group alongside hosts DR Congo, Ivory Coast and Senegal.