Uganda Cranes players will receive a sum of $1 million (about Shs 3.7 billion) from President Yoweri Museveni as a reward for their participation in the African Cup of Nations and reaching the Round of last 16.
Museveni announced the cash reward at a dinner he held for the Uganda Cranes players at State House Entebbe on Monday evening to welcome the team from Egyptian capital, Cairo.
He congratulated the team, saying they had somewhat achieved despite dropping off in the knockout stages thanks to a 1-0 loss to Senegal. Museveni emphasized the importance of sports, saying that in addition to entertaining and improving one’s health, it also generates income and builds one’s character.
He also acknowledged the limited budgetary support by government, saying the country is still struggling with basics like security, public infrastructure, roads, electricity and piped water. Before the final game against Senegal, the players staged a sit-down strike and refused to train until they got $6,000 in cash each for qualification for the last 16.
Museveni promised more support for sports when the resources allow. Moses Magogo, the president Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) thanked the president for the support he gave to the team.
He also said he was proud of the team since they were in position to reach the knockout stages. Magogo noted that the players put in a lot since a lot of teams including giants dropped out in the initial stages.