The Uganda Cranes squad in camp on Independence Day 9th October met with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ahead of their doubleheader against Lesotho in the 2019 AFCON Qualifiers.
The team that is currently in residential training, staying at Kabira Country club, met with the fountain of honor at Statehouse in Entebbe for some words of inspiration ahead of the two crucial ties. They were accompanied by officials from the local football governing body FUFA like CEO Edgar Watson, Vice president Justus Mugisha and the entire coaching staff.
“Met the Uganda Cranes squad last evening and congratulated them for their recent achievements, including their participation in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon,” reads a tweet from the President’s official Twitter handle.
“I watched some of their games in Gabon but noticed their shots were lacking in power. I hope the managers can do something about the diet and training to ensure the players are stronger, like the late David Otii was,” he added.
The Cranes however didn’t come out empty handed from the meeting as the president, on behalf of government offered the team a chartered plane that will fly them to Maseru, Lesotho for the return leg.
“The government will charter a plane to transport the team to Lesotho for their Africa Cup of Nations encounter next Tuesday. I hope the team maintains their top spot and qualifies for the 2019 championship in Cameroon. Each player will also receive a token of appreciation,” President Museveni noted on Twitter.
The two sides will clash twice in a space of just four days with Uganda hosting the first leg at Mandela National Stadium Namboole on Saturday 13th October 2018 before traveling to Maseru for the return leg that will be played on Tuesday 16th October.
The president also offered UGX. 200 million to the team in appreciations of their efforts as Uganda currently leads Group L with 4 points from two games following their goalless draw against Tanzania last month at Namboole.
By Robert K James