By Max Patrick Ocaido
President Yoweri Museveni will today (Monday) meet Uganda Cranes team at State House, Entebbe following their exit at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt on Friday.
The team that arrived at Entebbe International Airport today at about 4am is expected to head to State House for a scheduled meeting with Museveni.
Senior Presidential Press Secretary Don Wanyama confirmed that the President will meet the team this evening. “[President] Yoweri Museveni will this evening meet and welcome the Uganda Cranes squad at State House Entebbe as they return from Egypt, where they put up a formidable show at the AFCON 2019 tournament, making it to Group of 16,” Wanyama tweeted.
Before flying to Cairo, Egypt ahead of the tournament, Museveni had met the Uganda Cranes squad in a meeting that was meant to morale boast them which eventually paid off with Uganda’s first win in their first game against Dr Congo. The Cranes later booked a place in the last 16 after a one-all draw against Zimbabwe despite losing to the host- Egypt in their last game of the group.
It is the first team the Cranes went past the Group stages since 1978 when the national team reached the final, losing to Ghana by 2 goals.
Uganda Cranes on Friday were eliminated in the last 16 following their 1-0 loss to Senegal. Liverpool star Sadio Mane scored the only goal.
Despite a diminutive sit-down strike before the game against Senegal, Uganda Cranes deserve a heroic welcome for such a wonderful performance.