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Uganda Cranes back, Museveni to host them Monday

Museveni meets Cranes earlier. PHOTO PPU

Entebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni will host Uganda Cranes Monday, after a bitter-sweet 2019 AFCON tournament in Egypt.

Uganda reached the knockout stage for the first time since 1978, but a players’ strike, and the resignation of coach Sebastian Desabre have clouded what was supposed to be a great performance by the Cranes.

Several players are already back, while others arrive Monday morning, in time for the afternoon meet with President Museveni, soccer governing body FUFA said in a statement.

The Cranes fell out 1-0 to Senegal in the Round of 16 in a match played at the Cairo International Stadium on Friday.

In the Group stage Uganda Cranes beat the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-0 before settling for a 1-all draw against Zimbabwe. The team went on to fall 2-0 to hosts in the last Group A match to finish second in the group and make it to the Round of 16.

But before the game against Senegal the players staged a sit-down strike over pay. FUFA later announced that they will reward every player with US$6,000 (Shs22 million) for qualification for the Round of 16.



  1. That is a very nice gesture for the president to host the boys and motivate them. At this rate, am optimistic that we shall do wonders in the 2021 tournament in Cameroon. Long live the president, long live the cranes.

  2. Thank u guys, u did want u could for our nation.we’re proud of u

  3. I Loved the spirit exhibited by the cranes, let the FUFA evaluate their management techniques to promote confidence among the players.Other wise the 0_1 loose against senegal was aplanned failure by the cranes due to accumulated arreas.

  4. They surely worked hard.Bravo UG Cranes.Good work Sevo

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