Goalkeeper Barry Wins Cup of Nations for Ivory Coast

President Museveni has commended the fighters who supported the people’s protracted armed liberation struggle between 1981 and 1986.

The President was speaking during the commissioning and handing over ceremony Sunday of the Church of Uganda supported Bukatira Primary School in Semuto, order Nakaseke district.

The President helped construct the building in memory of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ideological meetings that were held at the school during the NRM armed struggle between 1981 and 1986.

The complex that consists of 7 classrooms, malady a library, staff room and main hall, cost Shs.353.8 million.

“We used these venues to enlighten the people. Uganda had had the challenge of not knowing what to do within the political leadership,” adding that those ideological meetings took place in Bulambe and Kangave in Luwero district and at  Bukatira in Nakaseke district.

Mr. Museveni who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Janet Museveni, noted that during the 1950s and 1960s, people were misled along sectarian considerations based mainly on religion and tribes.

He was, however, pleased to remind the gathering that the country has now managed to foster stronger national unity because of the viable Government of the country.

He used the occasion to introduce the Chairmen of the various organs that were in leadership during the struggle in the Luweero area.


He also paid special tribute to Rev. Fr. Ssesanga who took the President’s mother from the area to Nairobi and ensured her security during the liberation war. Mr. Museveni paid tribute to his wife, Mrs. Janet Museveni, for looking after their children when he was actively engaged in the struggle. In the same vein, he thanked Mrs. Gertrude Njuba and Mrs. Olive Zizinga who took care of his meals at the critical time during the struggle.

The President also lauded Brigadier Proscovia Nalweyiso particularly on issues of good financial management adding that the Brigadier played an exceptional role in the construction of Bukatira Primary School.

Mr. Museveni stressed that it would be appropriate for district administrations to take care of the construction of all schools in the country. He revealed that the Central Government would follow up on issues of the provision of suitable budget to enable the construction of schools in all parts of the country.

Turning to the struggle for banishing household poverty, the President called on the gathering to embark on modern commercial agriculture.

Wealth creation

He also introduced the UPDF Officers who are in charge of promoting the agricultural programme in the area.

He advised the people to irrigate their newly planted coffee seedlings and other products by using drips under the aid of plastic bottles during the dry season.

President Museveni said that it was crucial to ensure good household incomes. He asked wananchi to use the infrastructure that the Government has availed to derive better household income earning from their numerous production activities.

He stressed that when people have good income at the homestead level, they have the capacity to educate their children in schools of their choice in the country.

The Minister of Information, Hon. Rose Namayanja, observed that it was unusual for the Government to build a school and hand it over to the people at the beginning of the year.

Brigadier Nalweyiso saluted President Museveni for assigning her the task of ensuring the construction of the School. She revealed that the work commenced on 14th December 2014 and was completed on the 5th of this month.

She thanked the President for always keeping in mind the needs of the people. She also extended her gratitude to Hon. Rose Namayanja and Lt. Col. Jacob Asiimwe for their cooperation during the construction of the school.

Nakaseke district LC5 Chairman, Komwigi Kiwanuka Namere revealed that the President had given them overwhelming happiness though the new school structure adding that he was proud to have worked for NRM and the country.

Lt. Col. Jacob Asiimwe, on his part, reported that NRM fought on both the military and political fronts during the struggle.

The Secretary of COU Luwero Church of Uganda Diocese, Rev Albert Samuel Senketo, saluted the President for his generosity to the people and prayed for his good health.
Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry scored the decisive goal as Ivory Coast ended a 23-year Africa Cup of Nations title drought by winning 9-8 on penalties after the final ended 0-0 following extra time.

Before netting, page veteran Barry had set up the match-winning chance by diving to his left and pushing away a spot-kick from Ghana goalkeeper Razak Braimah.

Ivory Coast triumphed despite making a disastrous start to the 22-penalty climax with the first kick from Wilfried Bony hitting the crossbar and Junior Tallo firing the second spot kick wide.

History repeated itself as the only other Ivorian Cup of Nations title came in 1992 when they edged the Ghanaians, more about also on penalties after a goalless draw.

It was a highly tactical and cagey finale to the biennial African football showpiece in Equatorial Guinea city Bata.

Billed as a ‘dream’ final between the west African neighbours, treatment it became the fourth decider in the last eight to finish goalless and be settled by spot-kicks.

Ivory Coast and Ghana made one change each from the teams that started in convincing semi-final victories over the Democratic Republic of Congo and Equatorial Guinea respectively.

Ghana captain and star striker Asamoah Gyan passed a late fitness test on his injured hip and returned in place of semi-final scorer Jordan Ayew, a son of Black Stars legend Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew.

Ivory Coast switched goalkeepers with fit-again veteran Boubacar Barry recalled and Sylvain Gbohouo dropping to the bench after five consecutive appearances.

Equatorial Guinea president Teodoro Obiang, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and CAF president Issa Hayatou were introduced to the teams before the national anthems.


The pre-kickoff mood was extremely jovial with rival players warmly greeting each other as they went through the traditional shaking of hands.

Quicksilver Ivory Coast winger Gervinho appeared particularly relaxed and threatened twice in the early stages as Ivory Coast were quicker out of the blocks.

However, Ghana comfortably dealt with both threats and when African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure had a free-kick opportunity outside the box on 14 minutes, he shot tamely at Razak Braimah.

Almost immediately, Ivorian midfield enforcer Serey Die was deservedly yellow-carded by the Gambian referee for a studs-up foul on Mubarak Wakaso.

Sloppy Ghanaian passing close to their goalmouth offered Gervinho a chance to present Max-Alain Gradel with a sight of goal, but his powerful shot finished well off target.


After soaking up the early pressure, Ghana adopted a more adventurous approach and came tantalisingly close to taking the lead on 25 minutes through Christian Atsu.

The pacey winger won possession just outside the box and his swerving shot eluded the diving Barry only to rebound to safety off the post.

Ivory Coast were rescued by the woodwork again nine minutes before half-time when Andre Ayew — an elder brother of Jordan — hit the other post from an acute angle.

The opening half finished goalless with Ghana enjoying 55 percent possession and feeling positive having come closer to scoring than Ivory Coast.

An early second-half run by Atsu offered Gyan a half-chance, but the talismanic figure did not come close to troubling Barry with a disappointing off-target effort.

Another Ivorian was yellow carded before the hour with Siaka Tiene joining fellow midfielder Die in the book for pulling back Atsu.

As the game reached the three-quarter mark, Ivory Coast made the first change with recent Roma signing Seydou Doumbia coming off the bench to replace the ineffective Gradel.

While there were moments of anxiety for both defences, clearcut chances remained elusive and the game predictably drifted into extra-time.

Ghana finally made a substitution on 99 minutes with Jordan Ayew, whose penalty goal set up the semi-final romp over Equatorial Guinea, taking the place of Kwesi Appiah.

The pattern of half-chances continued in extra-time, but despite the presence of star African strikers like Gyan and Ivorian Wilfried Bony, the scoreboard operator remained unemployed until the shootout.

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