M7 Is Chief Cheerleader At Uganda-Ethiopia Friendly

M7The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni will be the chief guest when the Cranes host Ethiopia in an International friendly match on November 9th.

The International friendly is being organized by the Ministry of Health and that of Sports as a main event to launch a campaign code named ‘Protect The Goal’ aimed at tackling the HIV/AIDS scourge in Uganda.

Sarah Opendi, the State Minister for Health confirmed to AfricanFootball.com that Museveni will be at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole for the match.

“I commend the Football Federation for accepting to partner with us on this noble cause and believe that using football will go a long way in helping us achieve our goal of reversing the currently increasing trend to zero new infections by the year 2020,” she said.

Edgar Watson, the FA’s Chief Executive Officer said they are honored to partner with the Ministry of Health in this campaign of sensitizing Ugandans on the dangers of HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

The former Cranes skipper further expressed his happiness that the campaign will also be promoted during the Uganda Premier League (UPL) games and other lower leagues. “The health of players, coaches, referees, fans and all other stake holders of the game is paramount that is why we are throwing all our weight behind this campaign,” he added.

Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s team will use the game to prepare for a vital 2015 Afcon qualifier against Ghana on November 15. After the game against Ethiopia, the Cranes who are third in Group E of the 2-15 Afcon qualifiers will also host Sudan in another build-up on November 11 at the same venue.

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