Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday afternoon gave the country’s football team, the Uganda Cranes a mega financial boost ahead of their crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Senegal due next month.
According to information posted by Sarah Kagingo, Special Presidential Assistant on Communications on her Facebook wall, the cranes should be in upbeat mood as they prepare for the lions of Terenga.
The President, a former footballer, handed over a dummy cheque of Shs384m to the Cranes as Government support to the team, to take care of Training, Tickets, Allowances and Accommodation.
On Tuesday, the Cranes who have a friendly with Botswana on Friday were hosted to a luncheon before being flagged off by the president at Entebbe International Airport.
To show his commitment to supporting next month’s crucial tie against African football powerhouse Senegal, the president’s office has chartered a plane at a cost of Shs559m to fly 150 Ugandans to Morocco where the game will be played and return the same day after the match.
In addition, the president also instructed his staff to find a way of supporting the team members with a monthly allowance to enable the team earn a living and concentrate on training and plan how to win matches.
The President’s contribution to the Cranes comes at the right time after the FA has been struggling to secure Shs428 million that was reportedly approved for preparations for the Senegal match.
This handsome gesture by the country’s number one is also proof that his government is dedicated to developing football in the country even though his administration has come under harsh criticism for paying lip service to the sport.
Now, the onus is on the national side to win next month’s not so easy qualifier and prove that all the efforts invested are worthwhile.