Open mindedness is never an easy path to trade on as is the case with the Uganda Cranes team that is requesting president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to come through with his promise of giving the team USD one million in July 2019 after the Cranes returned from AFCON.
Dennis Onyango, the Cranes captain has come out to categorically state that the current cryout is only in good faith and that the entire team is in sync.
“Of course, we’ve come out as players to raise our concern in regards to the promise that was made by His excellency last year just after we came back from AFCON because it’s been a while since we got feedback from the government,” Onyango told UG Sport a local youtube channel.
“But the timing for me was also important after waiting for a year without feedback.”
“So, as players, we decided to try and get to him through our social media platforms because the federation tried to lobby but nothing came through,” the gangly shotstopper added.
The Cranes’ last update on the pledge was before the AFCON 2021 qualifiers against Burkina Faso and Malwali when Museveni informed the Ministry of Finance to effect the payment but the ministry said they didn’t have the money available last year hence the silence until now.
Onyango adds that the move is not influenced by any politics, however, it is a genuine outcry from the players some of whom are facing the brunt of the current economic situation surrounded by the coronavirus pandemic with some of the players who are beneficiaries of the promised funds going five to six months minus pay.
“We know these are trying times especially for sports because all activities were stopped and some players have gone five to six months without pay which is really frustrating to us. Obviously people think it’s political but it’s not the case.”
“We stand as a team and we sent the message as a team, hopefully, we get positive feedback from the president,” the Mamelodi Sundowns first choice added.
FUFA president Moses Magogo while appearing on a sports show on CBS FM earlier this week stated that FUFA can only watch from the side because it’s between the president and the players.