President Yoweri Museveni Monday evening welcomed the National Soccer Team- The Cranes, from Egypt where they represented the country so well. Museveni said making it to the last 16 out of the 53 countries is a commendable job.
He advised the players to plan for old age.
“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,” Museveni said.
He added: “… in Runyankore we say, “Buto ekorera bukuru”; literally meaning one should work for their old age when still young. So, our sports people must prepare well so that they don’t live miserable in old age.”
He said he’s very happy that the Cranes went up to the last 16.
“I know we will perform better next time. 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,” he said.
He noted that although Uganda didn’t win all our fixtures, it 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,” he said.
He added government will commit more funds to sports going forward.
“Government has not committed to supporting the national team seriously, but we have been doing it in a small way because we are dealing with other pressing issues like; security, education, health, roads, piped water, electricity, ICT,” Museveni said, adding: “However, this small push is already bringing very good results, when we start supporting it more, imagine what our sportsmen/women can do. Because of their entertaining value, games bring unity. It’s not good for people to bring partisan politics in games, if you see anyone doing it, you know they are unserious. Drunkards enjoy games, thieves suspend stealing for 90 minutes. Games are good therapy for society.”