Football is clearly the number one sport in Uganda
and the most popular pastime for young people. The game attracts fans of all ages and is played in cities, villages, universities and schools across the country. Balls in Uganda
are often not made out of leather, but from interwoven banana leaves. Many top Ugandan players began their careers kicking such a football. But the national team has not enjoyed success for many years now. In 1978, the national team (the Cranes) reached the Final of the African Cup of Nations, only to lose to hosts Ghana, while they have appeared in three other African Cups of Nations (1962, 1968, 1974). Uganda
were one of the founding members of the Confederation of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA), and have won the CECAFA Championship on five occasions. Unfortunately, the country has suffered from political unrest and border disputes, which has evidently affected sport in Uganda
. However, the country is finding its feet again and youth development work promises much for the future. The Ugandan U-14s are the reigning champions of two prestigious European youth tournaments, the Tivoli Cup and the Gothia Cup, while a number of school teams have also successfully represented Uganda
at other international tournaments. The national association has a close working relationship with the German FA and many Ugandan coaches have earned the German «B coaches licence».