The opposition in Parliament is seeking a monthly pay for players in the National team, The Uganda Cranes. They are proposing a monthly payment of at least UGX 1 Million for each player.
Shadow Minister for Education and Sports Jacinto Ogwal also asks government to create a special vote under the docket to facilitate and mentor young talents. His comments were aroused by the performance of the Uganda Cranes in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
The team tops Group E with 4 Points after defeating Guinea 2-0 in a mid-week match played at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole. Ghana, Togo, Guinea are the other teams in the group.
Ogwal says that based on that performance, Uganda needs to boost its devotion to sports as a motivation for the gallant sons of Uganda who have shown unrelenting determination in lifting the flag amidst financial challenges over the years.
Similarly, Makindye East MP John Ssimbwa observed that sports as a discipline remains ignored despite its role in promoting Uganda both in the region and globally.
“When shall the ministry come up with a budget that can support sports in this country because it is doing a lot of good in the Country? Ssimbwa questioned.
The minister for sports Charles Bakabulindi said the proposal to have a special vote under the Ministry of Education and Sports to mentor young talents is genuine and re-emphasizing government’s commitment to build regional stadiums.
Last year, President Yoweri Museveni tasked the Minister of Sports to work out a formula in which the National team can start getting a monthly pay. However, the proposal remains unattended to.