Entebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni has given Uganda Cranes a sh3.7 billion ($1million) reward for their performance at the ongoing Africa Nations Cup finals.
The team returned today from Cairo, where they were knocked out at the Last-16 stage by Senegal. This is the first time the team gets to the knock-out stage since 1978.
President Museveni congratulated the team, saying they had achieved a lot despite dropping off in the knockout stages. He emphasized the importance of sports, saying that in addition to entertaining and improving one’s health, it also generates income and builds one’s character.
He also noted the limited budgetary support to sports by government, saying the country is still struggling with basics like security, public infrastructure, roads, electricity and piped water.
Museveni promised more support for sports when the resources allow.
Moses Magogo, the President Federation of Uganda Football Association-FUFA thanked the president for the support he gave to the team. He also said he was proud of the team since they were in position to reach the knock out stages.
Magogo noted that the players put in a lot since a lot of teams including giants dropped out in the initial stages.