- Uganda Cranes team Captain Dennis Onyango and his teammates have hit back at the Minister of State for Sports, Hamson Dennis Obua, on delayed payments after a presidential promise of one million dollars for the 2019 African Cup of Nation Participation.
During a luncheon at State House in Entebbe on July 8, 2019, Museveni made the promise of awarding the players for what he called good outing in the continental tournament in Egypt.
Onyango, voted the best African-based player in 2016, posted on his Twitter a video reminding Museveni to fulfill the pledge he made to the team.
“In these tough times with everyone trying to fend for themselves, we find the timing right to remind you as the No.1 citizen of the Pearl of Africa about the $1m promise soon after our respectable show during the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt last year We feel frustrated & unhappy our token of appreciation hangs in balance. Please intervene,” Onyango posted.
“As a captain, my teammates (some already retired now) have been on my neck humbly requesting [others in a demanding tone because of the desperate times) me to remind you of the promise,” he added.
“We feel frustrated, unhappy, and somewhat under-appreciated that our token of appreciation hangs in balance. We truly believe that you will come to our rescue soonest as you have done in the past,” Onyango continued.
It is understood that after the players’ protest, Obua came out to state he is following up on the matter and thus the stars should be patient.
Another player who took his frustration to the social media is Uganda attacking midfielder Allan Kateregga who tweeted, “He (Obua) didn’t care to say anything until now!”
“He didn’t care to say anything until now! Why should we believe anything he has to say?! They will take pride in seeing us suffer long after our careers and all they will ever say is we misused the money, which money we never received!” Kateregga tweet continued.
He concluded, “Why should we believe anything he has to say? They will take pride in seeing us suffer long after our careers and all they will ever say is we misused the money. Which money, we never received!”