It was a magical moment as the NRM National Chairman, President Yoweri Museveni, met the Uganda Cranes team and FUFA officials led by their president, Moses Magogo, at State House, Entebbe, last evening, and exhibited fascinating football skills that would leave Ronaldo scratching his head.
With visionary deftness, National Chairman Museveni held a soccer ball, swirled it in the air, and brought it down on his foot as he dribbled it like a spider spinning its web with rapid limb action. For a moment, the ball hung in the air for a gravity-defying moment before eventually resting on the “star’s” foot for the last time before he kicked it to settle in his hands.
The team had gone to celebrate with the National Chairman after clinching a win against Cape Verde last Saturday that automatically sent Uganda to AFCON 2019, the second qualification in a row after 38 years in football limbo.
After congratulating the team, National Chairman Museveni gave them some pep talk.
“From my footballing experience, I know that the following ingredients are important for the game; stamina, skill and teamwork. Stamina is critical because you do a lot of running. You must eat well, exercise and avoid alcohol, smoking and womanizing.
Training is very important. Africans are very strong naturally. If you train well, you can dominate the sports world. The potential exists, what is critical is harnessing it through training,” he appealed to them.
The winning streak being enjoyed by Cranes is attributed to his previous wise advice for them to shoot “sharp and strong”.
He promised to start work on building and repair of old stadia and promised “most support” to trainers and players.
He urged the team not to lose the upcoming game against Tanzania despite having qualified already- since it builds on their confidence to play better in Cameroon.