The Uganda Ludo Federation has appealed to the Minister of Education and Sports for intervention in their quest to send their team to South Africa to defend the Africa Ludo Cup of Nations title. Their request to National Council of Sports was met with refusal according to the president of the federation , and they require 163 million Ugandan Shillings to cover the expenses of 10 men and 4 women for a 6-day trip to South Africa.
Led by President Hussein Kalule, the players gathered in Nansana to express their disappointment over the lack of financial support in preparation for their upcoming journey to Pretoria next Tuesday. They are scheduled to defend their title in the Africa Ludo Cup of Nations, commencing on September 27th and concluding on the 30th.
President Hussein Kalule stated that their peaceful protest aimed to highlight that without the necessary funds for the trip by Friday, they risk missing out on defending their championship.
In the most recent rankings released by the International Ludo Federation, Uganda claimed the top spot as the world’s leading Ludo-playing nation. Uganda garnered 105 points between 2020 and 2022, surpassing Ludo powerhouses India (90 points) and Brazil (88 points). These rankings considered various parameters, including domestic leagues, national leadership, participation, and performance in rated events.
Uganda’s Nansana Galaxy Ludo Club secured victory in the 2020 Africa Ludo Championship in Dubai, followed by the Uganda national team’s triumph in the 2021 Africa Ludo Cup of Nations and the 2022 World Ludo Championship (World Cup) in Nepal.