President Yoweri Museveni has given the Uganda Cranes players and officials Shs3.7 billion for representing the country ‘well’ at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament.
“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 Museveni while hosting the national team on Monday at State House Entebbe.
“I’m very happy that the Cranes went up to the last 16. I know we will perform better next time. Although we didn’t win all our fixtures, we made a good effort and achieved some reasonable success. I don’t know how Senegal got that goal. I see our players are all fit young people. All they need is more stamina.”
The President further advised the players against alcohol and womanising.
“Our sports people from the past have not lived a good adult life. I ask the players to remain disciplined; they should avoid alcohol and womanizing.”
On the other hand, Museveni admitted that government has not been supporting the national team to its expectations because they have been dealing with other pressing issues like security, education, health, roads, piped water, and electricity among others.
“Government has not committed to supporting the national team seriously. However, this small push is already bringing very good results, when we start supporting it more, imagine what our sportsmen/women can do,” he said.