Sports and Education minister Janet Museveni receives an autographed Uganda Cranes’ jersey from the FUFA Boss, Moses Magogo at State House Credit: Courtesy

AFCON 2019 Qualifiers (Group L):

  • Saturday, 17th Saturday 2018:
  • Uganda Cranes Vs Cape Verde
  • Mandela National Stadium, Namboole (4:00 PM)
[/media-credit] The Sports Minster Janet Museveni greets Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre in Rwakitura when they hosted the Uganda Cranes team at the start of the year Credit: Nabusayi L. Wamboka

The first lady for the Republic of Uganda Janet Kataha Museveni has congratulated the Uganda Cranes team for the crucial two victories against Lesotho in the group L of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers.

Uganda Cranes beat Lesotho 3-0 at home and 2-0 way in the double header fixtures to come within a point of qualification coming to the next two games with Cape Verde and Tanzania.

Kataha, who is also the minister of sports and education has therefore urged the players, technical wing, fans and supporters to remain calm and focused;

As we celebrate our recent performance, I call upon the players, technical officials, fans and supporters to remain humble, focused to the very end. For I believe that this is merely the beginning, the best is yet to come.

The first lady also thanked President Museveni for offering the chartered flight that the team used to travel to Lesotho, and reach the destination well in time before the clash.

Uganda Cranes lead group L with 10 points and only needs a point from the remaining two matches (against Cape Verde and Tanzania) to ensure qualification for AFCON 2019 finals in Cameroon.

[/media-credit] The Uganda Cranes Lineup that started against Lesotho Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

The first lady’s full message:

I must begin by thanking God for his goodness and for empowering our boys and leading them as we now see. Then, of course, I congratulate them for emerging victorious during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier return match against Lesotho 2-0 on Tuesday, 16th October 2018 in Lesotho, after the previous win of 3-0 at Mandela National Stadium on Saturday 13th October 2018. Our national team’s performance has been very impressive putting us on the verge of qualifying for the 2019 AFCON Championships due in Cameroon. On behalf of Government, my Ministry and all the people of Uganda, I salute the Uganda Cranes, Coach Sebastien Desabre and his Technical Team, FUFA, National Council of Sports, and the fans for the observable progress we have registered in performance and development of Ugandan football, and indeed Ugandan sports in general. As we celebrate our recent performance, I call upon the players, technical officials, fans and supporters to remain humble, focused to the very end. For I believe that this is merely the beginning, the best is yet to come. In a very special way, I thank the President of Uganda, Cabinet in its entirety and Parliament for supporting sports in general, but the president especially for providing quick means of transport to Lesotho and some support for our pocket expenses to the team. We, at the Ministry, remain committed to provide all the prayer back up, logistical and financial support to Ugandan sports teams within available resources. May I wish the Uganda Cranes team, continued blessings and a successful AFCON 2019 qualification campaign, therefore, as we look forward to an even brighter future for Ugandan sports.

[/media-credit] L-R: Edrisa Lubega, Isaac Muleme, Allan Kateregga, Mathias Lule (Assistant coach) and Timothy Dennis Awany celebrate the historic win in Maseru Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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