Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will this afternoon host the nation’s Football team, the Cranes to a send-off luncheon at the State House in Entebbe.
Mujib Kasule, the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) Vice President in-charge of the League and member of the technical committee told local media that the invitation to State House indicated that the President wants to have a send-off luncheon with the team.
The Cranes are preparing for a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Senegal in the neutral ground of Marakkech, Morocco on September 7th.
“This is a very good gesture because dinning with the President means a lot to the entire team,” said Kasule.
The President’s invitation of the Cranes comes at the right time after the FA has been struggling to secure Shs428 million that was reportedly approved for preparations for the Senegal match.
On Monday Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic called upon the government through the Ministry of Education and Sports to stop the bureaucracy and act quickly to release the logistical funds for the preparations.
The government promised to pay the allowances of the Cranes contingent that travelled for an International friendly against Egypt on August 14th, but the FA is still waiting for the funds.
But before the match against the West Africans, the Cranes travel to Botswana on Thursday ahead of an International friendly on August 31st in Gaborone. The team will return to Uganda on September 1st for a few hours before heading to Istanbul, Turkey for four days of training.