|Al Shabab security scare blows away Kenya vs Uganda media match|
|Friday, 07 October 2011 17:16|
By Timothy Olobulu in Kampala, Uganda
The Kenyan journalists (Far right) enjoy the sits at the Nambole Stadium after being told of their match's fate
Uganda Cranes were to get their first psychological beating this afternoon with the Kenyan media team lining up to play their Ugandan counterparts at the Nambole training ground. But after what the Ugandan Sports Press Association (USPA) spokesperson Kony Swaleh termed as a security arrangements, the game was called off in the last minutes. Kony says that they were instructed by the stadium management that the Stadium and its environs could not hold the match since they had received reports that Al Shabaab were targeting Uganda and the match tommorrow might have been a target.
"We were told that Al shabaab are threatening to attack Uganda and it was said that the match tommorrow which is definately going to attract a huge number of people is going to be a target. So the police decided that they would cordone off all the areas in and around the Stadium for security reasons", he said.
"In Uganda we have problems of playing grounds and the only two fields we could use are Nambole and Nakivubo. We did not want to take the match to a bad school field because it is an international match. We have a very good media team and it is not that we feared the game. Actually we were very ready for it", he added.
The media team had been frustrated after being at the Nambole Stadium from 2pm, with their Ugandan counterparts nowhere in sight. The ugandans apologized and promised to make it up for them by inviting them to another fully paid friendly match.