Members of Parliament have pledged to contribute Shs
500,000 each as a token of appreciation and support to the Uganda Cranes as it
heads to the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 tournament in Gabon, which starts 14th
January 2017.

This happened Tuesday as MPs paid tribute to the
Uganda Cranes for its various achievements among them being named CAF team of
the year 2016.

Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga,
was joined by Members of Parliament to congratulate the Uganda Cranes and Denis
Onyango, for being voted African National Team of the Year and African Player
of the Year respectively in 2016 at the Confederation of Africa Football Awards
held on Thursday, 5th January, 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria.

The Speaker, in her communication to the House,
said that she was delighted to receive the news about the national team’s
recognition on the continent. 

“This is a milestone that we ought to recognise as
a nation. It is a big deal that our goalkeeper is the 10th best goalkeeper in
the world and the best in Africa,” Kadaga said.

Hon. Denis Hamson Obua (NRM, Ajuri County) further
moved a motion to congratulate the Uganda National team and Denis Onyango on
being bestowed the prestigious continental football accolade. 

“I sincerely thank the Ugandan team for leading us
to such great heights,” Obua said adding “We cannot separate the success of the
team from the government, FUFA, corporate sponsors and the fan base, and so we
are grateful to all of you out there for your support.”

Hon Allan Ssewanyana (DP, Makindye West) said that
there was a need for government to support local sports on a larger basis. 

“I pledge to the government to support local
football clubs in all means because these clubs are able to identify and
nurture young talent which can eventually be used in the national team,”
Ssewanyana said.

Hon. Connie Nakayenze Galiwango (NRM, Woman Rep.,
Mbale) added that supporting competitive sports and games is a source of
economic and infrastructural development to the country.

“Sports is a source of income and employment to
its participants and attracts foreigners to the country who come to watch the
National Team play with other foreign teams, thus supporting the tourism
industry,” Galiwango said. 

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