Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

BUSINESS DAILY

EU fines Google €2.4bn over shopping service

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Latest hack sends jitters through cyberspace

Read more

THE DEBATE

Farewell to arms? Crucial Step for Colombia peace process (full debate)

Read more

THE POLITICAL BRIEF

Could France's Macron be Europe's climate hero?

Read more

FOCUS

Russia cracks down on hooligans ahead of 2018 World Cup

Read more

ENCORE!

Award-winning author Lionel Shriver: Trump 'stole my idea'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

DR Congo authorities find ten more mass graves in Kasai

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Poll suggests Trump presidency takes toll on US image abroad

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

France's new parliament: 'Debutante ball' at the Bourbon Palace

Read more

Sports

Video: Uganda football team prepares for first African Cup of Nations in nearly 40 years

© FRANCE 24

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-12-24

Uganda’s national football team, the Cranes, have qualified for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Many Ugandan football fans hadn’t been born when their team last went to AFCON. It was 1978 and Uganda lost to Ghana in the tournament's final.

Uganda will face Ghana once more when they play their first AFCON match on 17 January, in Gabon.

But Andrew, a fan, is optimistic: “The last time they appeared, Uganda reached the final,” he told FRANCE 24.

The cranes – who are named after Uganda’s national bird, the Grey Crowned Crane – are coached by Milutin Sredojevic, a former Serbian player. Sredojevic told FRANCE 24 that his team had been “a bit neglected” by the Ugandan government, who have not yet recognised the players’ potential.

“They could really be a special value to this country … They are painting a picture of Uganda in positive colours,” Sredojevic told FRANCE 24.

To view the full FRANCE 24 report, click on the video player above.

Date created : 2016-12-23

  • SPORT

    Real Madrid's Ronaldo wins fourth Ballon d'Or award

    Read more

  • FOOTBALL

    Pogba brothers to face off as Saint-Etienne draw Manchester United

    Read more

  • FOOTBALL

    Cavani double rescues PSG as Nice prove worthy leaders

    Read more

COMMENT(S)