By Allan Damba
Just hours after announcing his retirement from the Uganda Cranes, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda has hit out at the government and Ugandan President Yoweeri Kagutta Museveni for the endless unfulfilled promises.
Speaking during an interview with local radio KFM, the 33-year-old was so critical of the government for promising blanks.
About the president’s 1m dollar promise two years back after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Wasswa didn’t hold back; “You know this is our government, we are used to it, they promise things and they lie a lot.”
“We don’t have to rely on something that was promised by Museveni. The president promises so many things but he doesn’t keep them. So as football players we need to go and do our own thing,” he added.
While Museveni is yet to come clean on the promise he made in 2017, he previously fulfilled the promise made of paying all the bonuses of Cranes players and officials who were part of the team that qualified for the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon.
Wasswa’s claim comes after a week that has been marred by drama surrounding national team players’ remuneration.
At the start of the week, FUFA president Moses Magogo stressed the CHAN players had no right to pay after displaying ‘shitty’ football at the tournament.
Only last evening, former Uganda Cranes midfielder, Suleiman ‘Mike’ Mutyaba was man-handled at FUFA house by security amidst demands for improvement of players’ welfare and for accountability.
Wasswa last night officially announced his retirement from the national team after over 13 years of diligent service saying it was the right time to focus on club football and personal issues.
“It was my personal decision because I had served the national team very well. Every time I have been called up I’ve given 100% so I thought this was the right time to call it quits,” he said.
“Usually after serving for long, you don’t have to wait and quit for the wrong reasons. I’ll now focus on my club football and personal issues,” added the former KCCA FC and Vipers SC defender.
He has not featured for the Uganda Cranes since playing in a friendly game against Ethiopia in what was Johnathan McKinstry’s first game in charge in 2019.
Wasswa started his national team career in 2006 and went on to garner 75 national caps including playing at the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals.