Before the Uganda Cranes bowed out of the ongoing Africa cup of Nations, they had gone on strike over unpaid allowances arrears from FUFA. They later played against Senegal and lost out on the game in the last 16 stage. Some Ugandans came out and lashed at the national team saying that they shouldn’t have been paid altogether.
But with all that said the team did quite well and it impressed even the president of Uganda H.E Yoweri Museveni who offered them shs3.6 billion in appreciation.
However, the money that they were offered also includes the officials as beneficiaries although they will be getting the least share. It is meant for appreciation for their good displays at Afcon in Egypt.
“I’m very happy that the Cranes went up to the last 16. I know we will perform better next time. I will organise 1m dollars with the government to distribute it among the players and officials. Of course, the officials will not get as much as the players,” said the president who also added that although Uganda didn’t win all fixtures, they made a good effort and achieved some reasonable success.
He further added that when Uganda began recovering, they started sports Again. “Government has not committed to supporting the national team seriously, but we have been doing it in a small way because we are dealing with other pressing issues like; security, education, health, roads, piped water, electricity, ICT but the small push is already bringing very good results, when we start supporting it more, imagine what our sportsmen/women can do.”
“You need to be fit. You need more stamina to last the 90 minutes in each game” He concluded
He amused the players when he said during the times when the Cranes played theft was reduced in the country because the criminals were kept busy watching. He was hosting the delegation of players and officials led by FUFA Presdient Moses Magogo and Captain Dennis Onyango who had returned from Egypt at State House Entebbe.