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Bebe Cool Disappointed With Government After His Son Misses S4 Exams Because Of Football

Singer Bebe Cool is a very bitter man and in his words, “disappointed with the government” after his son missed the on-going senior four final exams. This is because he together with several other youngsters were taking part and representing the country in continental soccer engagements.

The tournaments for U-17 and U-20 at the regional and continental level saw about 7 students miss the exams as they were busy playing football outside of the country.

Bebe Cool whose son Alpha Thiery Sssali was part of the national U-20 side the Hippos at the zonal U-20 AFCON qualifiers in Tanzania, and the recent U-20 AFCON,  is among those who missed the ongoing exams and Bebe Cool has called for government intervention for this category of players.

The veteran singer in a long post shared on social media argues that most of these players choose soccer or sports over academics because most come from poor families and can’t afford school fees and also because there are no jobs in the country so, they pursue it as a career option.

Parents struggle to pay school fees for these kids, the kids dreams are to be professional players, to represent their country and win for their clubs, this making their nation’s proud.

How could you have thought they could choose exams over representing their flag? the furious Bebe Cool asked.

The singer whose real name is Moses Ssali, has now called the government to look into this issue seriously and make an exception for children who represent their country at the national level;

And after representing their flag, can’t their flag (country) support them by organising special exams so that their parents don’t pay an extra year of fees. And of course, the time wasted. He added.

Below is Bebe Cool’s statement in full;

Really big disappointment with the Uganda government and the Ministry of Education and Sports in particular on how they have handled the issue of missing Senior Four (S4) final exams by the young talented football players who have been/are on continental duty with the U-20 and U-17 Uganda National teams.

It’s unfortunate that this government has never had plans to support each and every educated person by giving them a job after their tertiary education. So I believe the youths who push thier talents to turn them into a lifetime career/self-employment would be seen as an advantage, hence supported at all costs.

Ten years ago, my son (who represented Uganda at the just concluded U-20 continental championship), my wife and I sat down and agreed that he (my boy, Alpha) would be a football player.

As parents, we agreed to support him in his football journey.

Bebe Cool started supporting his son’s football dreams at an early age.

And the journey begun at Proline Football Club with coach Mujib Kasule, and sometimes supported by Edgar Watson at Edgar’s Football Academy.

We then saw that the biggest problem of our Ugandan players was to drop out of school for soccer. Therefore, we designed a programme for the boy that his education was to support his talent.

He would be involved in both co-currently.

We also noticed that most footballers come from poor families hence they drop out of school to focus on the little pay they earn to sustain their families, yet football careers end by 38 years for most players.

Football in Uganda collects so many youths mainly those who can’t go to school and also many who drop out.

I would have expected government to by now have found a way to work with these young people and find a way to support their education programs without interfering with their blossoming sporting careers, to see that they achieve a required level of education that can sustain them after their careers and also help them know how to invest the little money they make during their careers.

Parents struggle to pay school fees for these kids, the kids dreams are to be professional players, to represent their country and win for their clubs, this making their nation’s proud.

How could you have thought they could choose exams over representing their flag?

And after representing their flag, can’t their flag (country) support them by organising special exams so that their parents don’t pay an extra year of fees. And of course the time wasted.

This will happen over and over again in netball, cricket, athletics, basketball and many other sports.

I therefore wish to express my disappointment and disamy that my son Alpha Thierry Ssali and other boys (7 altogether) who represented Uganda will not be sitting their final S.4 exams.

To say I’m hugely disappointed is an understatement.

I call upon the Minister of Education to review this issue urgently.

Call the parents of the involved children and forge a way forward so that next time this happens, there’s a sort of programme to support national team players and by this our players won’t lose out on education.

For God and My Country.

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