(Xinhua) -- Uganda will host the 2020
Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Beach Soccer Championship, the
Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed on Friday.
"Our efforts in developing the game in Uganda are reaping
fruits. It has been a great journey for beach soccer in this
country. We have led on all fronts in the region in developing
the game. We thank CAF for giving us this opportunity. We shall
not disappoint," Justus Mugisha, vice president of the Uganda
Football Association, told Xinhua.
Deo Mutabazi, chairman of the Uganda Beach Soccer
Association, told Xinhua that the organization was delighted to
have this chance to bring together teams from across Africa for
the AFCON Beach Soccer competition.
"It is a great opportunity for Uganda to be selected as the
next hosts of the AFCON Beach Soccer finals. We are looking
forward to hosting a memorable tournament," he added.
This means Uganda, who have never played in an AFCON Beach
Soccer Championship before, will automatically qualify as hosts
for the 2020 event.
Senegal are the defending champions after winning the
previous tournament in Nigeria in 2016. Madagascar won the
inaugural championship in 2015 held in Seychelles.
The 2018 AFCON Beach Soccer Championship, the third edition
of the tournament, will take place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
from December 8 to 14.