The Uganda Cranes are set to benefit from the ‘charm’ of the Public Relations Association of Uganda (PRAU) run when they participate in the event in Kampala on November 3.
The PRAU monthly run starts at Lugogo at 5.30pm with warm up and stretching drills will before the official run commences at 6.00pm.
This year, through the run, PRAU has been able to run shoulders with Uganda’s leading sportsmen, including former World and Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich, who took part in the January edition of the run. He was later to take silver at the Haspa Hamburg International Marathon in April.
In May, following their participation in the PRAU Run, the Uganda Rugby Cranes started the Africa Gold Cup campaign on a high with a highly contested 33-all draw with the Kenya Simba’s and later beat Senegal in front of their home crowd.
Ahead of the CECAFA Challenge Cup, the Cranes who are set to run alongside the public relations practitioners will be hoping for similar winning luck following their participation in the run.
“The last time we had the PRAU Run we hosted the Uganda Rugby Cranes. This time around FUFA and the national football team will be joining us. It will be an exciting time to see how far we can go with our talented football team” Cynthia Mpanga, PRAU president said.
On his part, FUFA communications manager Ahmed Hussein was ecstatic about the opportunity to use the PRAU Run as a warm up as they start preparations for the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup scheduled for November 25 to December 9, 2017, in Nairobi. Uganda are the record holders having won the cup a record 14 times.
“The players will use this run to prepare for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifier against Congo Brazzaville on Sunday 12th November 2017 and the forthcoming CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Nairobi” Hussein said.
“We already heard of PRAUs good luck charm whenever our national sportsmen run with the PR professionals. I hope it hasn’t run out even as we prepare for the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. It will also be a good opportunity for the boys to interact with the Ugandan fans” Hussein stated.