OPINION: Uganda Cranes Should Put Patriotism First, Rewards Will Follow

Sandor Lyle Walusimbi

By Sandor Lyle Walusimbi

Dear Uganda Cranes players,

Let me start by thanking you for the good showing thus far AFCON 2019. It is the hope of all of us to see UG lift the AFCON trophy that eluded us in 1978.

I was disturbed to learn that you decided not to train in preparation for our next game with Senegal this Friday all because of your allowances.

What happened to patriotism, the love of country over self? I honestly believe that the 1978 team that got us to the final did so with passion, belief, teamwork, togetherness, camaraderie. These attributes were put at the forefront before anything else (read allowances).

I am sure you will all get your deserving rewards for the sacrifice you have given in service of your country but for now it is important that you remain FOCUSED at the goal ahead. Think of the bigger picture here, the end in mind and you will soon realise that bigger rewards await you, your families and our beloved country Uganda.

I urge you to get back on the pitch and wear that Jersey with sooooo much pride, give it your best and always remember that everytime the national anthem is played, millions of Ugandans are singing along with you for they believe in your ability to represent us and go all the way to the finals.

For God and my Country.

The writer is the Head of Communications and Marketing at Umeme and an ardent footballs fan.

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