Hippos' Opponents Change Arrival Date after President's Death

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Ghana’s U-20 national football team—the Black Satellites—are yet to arrive in Uganda for a 2013 Africa Youth Championship qualifier against the Hippos following the death of their President John Evans Atta Mills.

Ghana’s U-20 national football team—the Black Satellites—are yet to arrive in Uganda for a 2013 Africa Youth Championship qualifier against the Hippos following the death of their President John Evans Atta Mills.

The Black Satellites team was meant to jet in on Wednesday morning aboard Ethiopian Airlines but eventually decided to delay the trip by a day.
 
Professor Atta Mills, who has been Ghana’s president since 2009, died of throat cancer on Tuesday evening aged 68.
 
Edgar Watson, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) Chief Executive Officer told URN today that the Ghanaian team had not made it to Uganda partly because of the death of their President on Tuesday.

Watson said FUFA is not sure what day the team will be arriving. However, information from the Ghana Football Association indicates that the team arrives on Thursday.

The visitors were hoping to arrive in Uganda in time to acclimatize, but will now have only two days in Uganda before the game on Saturday at Nakivubo Stadium.

The Black Satellites who won the Youth World Cup two years ago will travel to Uganda with a new coach, Maxwell Konadu, after the former head coach stepped down a week ago because of too much pressure.

In the Hippos camp, the team warmed up with a friendly against Lugave clan yesterday, but Coach Paul Nkatta says they are getting sharper. The former international says they are banking on home advantage. The Hippos were boosted by the arrival of two key players, Yayo Lutimba and Erisa Sekisona, on Tuesday. The two players were part of the URA team that bowed out of the on-going Cecafa Kagame Club Championship at the quarter final stage.

The winner between the Hippos and the Black Satellites over the two legs will face the winner of the other game between Morocco and Gambia in the second round set for September and October. The teams are aiming to qualify for finals of the 19th Edition due in Algeria next year. The semi-finalists in the competition will also qualify for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.