By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. President Yoweri Museveni has congratulated the Uganda Cranes following their emphatic win over Lesotho in Saturday's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
The game was played at Namboole with the Cranes eventually brushing the Crocodiles aside to open up a healthy lead at the top of the log.
Uganda are at the summit on seven points, Cape Verde in second on four while Lesotho and Tanzania trail on two points.
"The country is fully behind you," tweeted the President after the home victory.
Uganda football governing body FUFA president Eng. Moses Magogo responded, also on Twitter, saying that such is the support that "makes proud of Our Game and Our Country".
Uganda and Lesotho will meet again on Tuesday for the return leg in Maseru, and the president has rallied the Cranes to keep the pedal to the metal.
"Build on this emphatic win to get a positive result in Maseru next Tuesday and have our drive for AFCON 2019 qualification firmly in place," he said.
The Cranes goals were score by Emmanuel Okwi scored twice, opening the rout with a sublime finish in the 11th minute, before Farouk Miya buried the ball past Lesotho keeper Mohau Kuenane from the spot after Okwi was brought down in the box nine minutes before half-time. Moments into the second half, Okwi put the game beyond the visitor's reach with a third goal.
The President who met the Cranes team before the Lesotho game had urged the players to improve on their shooting capabilities to guarantee goals for the national team.
“I watched some of their games in Gabon but noticed their shots were lacking in power. I hope the managers can do something about their diet and training to ensure the players are stronger, like the late David Otii was,” said Museveni in a statement posted on his social media pages on Wednesday.
“The government will charter a plane to transport the team to Lesotho for their Group L Africa Cup of Nations encounter next Tuesday. I hope the team maintains their top spot and qualifies for the 2019 championship in Cameroon. Each player will also receive a token of appreciation from the government,” said Museveni.