Top Football Officials Ask Government To Take Over Uganda Cranes  

Uganda and Football are probably intertwined, symptoms physician basing on the lunacy normally exhibited by fans during African Cup Of Nations and FIFA World Cup qualification campaigns as well as the famous English Premier League.

But are they identical? May be not! On the look of things, pill about it Ugandans love football but why has the country failed to walk the talk?

To seek for the answers, the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) organized a football stakeholder’s forum that was held yesterday Friday at the Imperial Royale in Kampala. The Symposium zeroed on a theme;” The Road to AFCON Finals Starts Now”

The event was presided over by Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, who represented President Yoweri Museveni; the initially invited guest of honor.

In his speech read by VP Ssekandi, President Museveni acknowledged government’s awareness of the importance of sports not only for the health and social wellbeing of the people, but also the great role it plays in marketing the country.

He further said that Sports such as Football, is indeed a big business worldwide and therefore could contribute tremendously to the country’s economy.

He noted thus, that government is committed to continually support all endeavors aimed at promoting sports in the country.

The forum that had presenters and discussants from FUFA, Media, Government, Corporate world and Ex-Footballers, had many discussants calling on the government to fully take over the national team.


Edgar Watson, the FUFA Chief Executive Officer called on the government to regularly come in and support the national team, adding that it should take responsibility of providing basic requirements for the Uganda Cranes.
Edgar cited examples of teams like Equatorial Guinea where government is fully responsible for the national teams.
However, Hon Charles Bakkabulindi the state minister for sports, cautioned FUFA to be ready to comply with the Government’s demands if they’re to get the money.

At the event, FUFA and many other participants sounded optimistic that the outcome of this meet would impact positively on the future of football in Uganda.

Meanwhile, Paul Ssali the legend goalkeeper for the Cranes in the 1978 African Cup of Nations complained of what he called lack of the ideal people at the symposium.

He wondered how the organizers failed to invite people like senior media personnel and the players those who took part in the 1978 AFCON finals and even the current ones whom he said are the main actors in the country’s quest to qualify.

“How can we go to AFCON when people with ideas are left out?”Ssali fumed.




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