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Uganda to host 2020 AFCON Beach Soccer Championship

KAMPALA Uganda (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.

           

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