Uganda Cranes got their first shot in the arm yesterday as they became the first national side - playing team sport - to benefit from the government's hand in testing for Covid-19.
National Council of Sports (NCS) general secretary Bernard Ogwel over a week ago told Daily Monitor that national teams would be a priority if government was to incur costs for the tests.
While this is welcome news, it leaves clubs across all disciplines, who are struggling to make ends meet, in desperate hope that government widens the consideration.
Fufa head of communications Ahmed Hussein was, however, reassuring. "We are engaging them (government) so that we sort out something for clubs as well," he said.
Each test, if conducted by government, costs Shs240,000 per person.
Once Cranes players and technical staff are cleared with a clean bill of health, they will remain camped at Crane Paradise Hotel in Kisaasi until Sunday when they fly to Dubai aboard Emirates.
However, one special man, who is behind Uganda Cranes success story with goalkeepers, will be missing on that flight.
Mugisha in for Kajoba
Cranes goalkeeping coach and Vipers head tactician, Fred Kajoba, will miss the trip through illness, Hussein confirmed.
Kajoba's goalkeeping coach at Vipers, Ibrahim Mugisha, has been brought in to fill the void.
The training camp in Dubai starts October 6 to 13 as the Cranes prepare for their Afcon 2022 back-to-back qualifying clashes against South Sudan next month.
"Here is an opportunity where we think of a huge value of getting to know ourselves better, getting some quality training sessions and the game plan," Cranes coach Johnny McKinstry earlier told Daily Monitor.
"Definitely, we are looking at an option of a friendly game in Dubai with one of the clubs in the Arab Leagues."
Foreign based players will connect with their domestic counterparts in UAE.
Uganda top Group B standings on four points, only ahead of Burkina on goal difference.
The Cranes will qualify for their third successive Afcon finals if they fashion off maximum points in their two games against South Sudan next month.
Source: The Monitor