Tanzania have a chance of securing a place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations if they beat Uganda Cranes early next year. However, President Yoweri Museveni has urged his boys to have no mercy for Tanzania even when they have already qualified.
“Even if the Cranes have already qualified, I know that they still have a game to play against Tanzania. Please make sure you do not lose that game,” Museveni told Cranes stars and FUFA officials.
Below is the President’s full statement;
Last evening, I met the Uganda Cranes team and FUFA officials led by their president, Moses Magogo. I congratulate the Uganda Cranes for their recent victory over Cape Verde and qualifying for AFCON 2019.
From my footballing experience, I know that the following ingredients are important for the game; stamina, skill and teamwork. Stamina is critical because you do a lot of running. You must eat well, exercise and avoid alcohol, smoking and womanizing.
Training is very important. Africans are very strong naturally. If you train well, you can dominate the sports world. The potential exists, what is critical is harnessing it through training.
With the government having made progress on roads, dams, and other infrastructure, we shall soon start work on building and repair of old stadia. I hear there is some corruption in the sports sector and I have asked the minister to deal with it. Most support, however, should be given to trainers and players.
Even if the Cranes have already qualified, I know that they still have a game to play against Tanzania. Please make sure you do not lose that game. Congratulations once again.