President Yoweri Museveni has added his voice to those rooting for Uganda’s national football team, Uganda Cranes, victory in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament which opens Friday in Egypt.
Uganda is in group A alongside neighbours Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), debutants Zimbabwe and hosts Egypt. Uganda Cranes will play their opener tomorrow against DRC.
In a statement on Thursday, the President said Cranes displayed good results during the qualification where they emerged top of group L with 13 points. Coach Sebastian Desabre’s men only lost a game against Tanzania at the qualification stage.
“I want to wish you the best of luck in this tournament,” wrote the the President.
“Our prayer and hope is that this good form continues in this tournament so that you emerge victorious and make Uganda proud,” added the President.
He further thanked football administrators in the country, Cranes Coach and Ugandans for supporting the team.
“I wish you success and make sure you bring the trophy home,” wrote the President.
The President has been fundamental and supportive to the Cranes through encouraging them as well as offering financial support. He has severally hosted the team at State House and his country home in Rwakitura.
Days to the Lesotho match in Namboole in which Uganda thumped them 3-0, thanks to Emmanuel Okwi’s brace and Farouk Miya’s goal, the President invited Cranes to State House, where he revealed that he was critically following the team.
He also announced an offer of Shs 200m on top of providing a chartered flight to the team to travel to Maseru, Lesotho for the return leg against the hosts.
“I have been following you of recent and I thank you for the performance but we need to work harder for better results. I have offered you a chartered plane to Lesotho and Shs 200m to help you get good results,” said President Museveni.
Meanwhile, NRM Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba and URA boss, Doris Akol have equally wished the Ugandans deserved victory in tomorrow’s encounter against DRC and the rest of the matches.