If Uganda’s bid along with other 8 countries that have expressed interest in hosting Africa’s biggest sports event is honoured by Africa’s football governing body (CAF), preparations shall hence forth start.
President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa, on July 15, 2022, received and held discussions with the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), a South African billionaire and businessman Dr. Patrice Tihopane Motsepe.
The First lady and Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni was represented by the State Minister in charge of Sports Hon. Hamson Obua to receive the CAF President who was in the country for a two-day visit.
President Museveni while addressing his guests revealed that the sports sector has been receiving little support because the economy had collapsed during Amin’s regime and after reviving it, governments’ concentration was put on infrastructural development that has helped to grow the economy.
“When we came into government in 1986, Uganda’s economy had collapsed. So our immediate intervention and mission was to revive the economy. Now that the economy is doing better, we shall put more funding in sports,” President Museveni said.
The only big support we have given to sports, the President emphasised is peace. “Because of the peace in the country, many young people are coming up by themselves,” he said.
“On the issues of football, we have not yet supported you as we want, but we are going to give you more support,” he said.
The meeting, which was organized and attended by the Speaker of Parliament Hon. Anita Among Annet, took place on Friday 15, July 2022 at State Lodge Nakasero and was attended by among others FUFA President Moses Magogo Hassim, the Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa and CECAFA President Wallace Karia.
On the support given to the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa, President Museveni said they had to support our African brothers to defeat Apartheid.
“I started supporting ANC in 1967, with ANC’s representative in Tanzania. We were students that time and working closely. That’s when I started supporting ANC. When we came to government here we continued with the support,” he said.
The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Dr. Patrice Tihopane Motsepe said that South Africa will never forget the sacrifice and contribution that President Museveni and the government of Uganda gave to them during the struggle for freedom.
“We want to thank you for your sacrifice and contribution in our struggle. We have got a special attachment and bond with you. I was even told that Mandela had a Ugandan passport. We are truly grateful,” Dr. Patrice Tihopane Motsepe said.
He commended the President and Ugandan government for supporting sports saying that sports unites people.
“We should teach our children that the unity of Africa will develop the continent. Today we came to talk about football, the President of FUFA Uganda always praises your support for sports especially football. Thank you for your love for the game and we request you to continue with the support and love. I want to conclude by thanking you for your inspiration leadership, economic growth, peace and stability and the support for football,” Dr. Patrice Tihopane Motsepe said.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Anita Annet Among commended President Museveni and First Lady for their contribution towards the sport sector. She said that football unites the community regardless of peoples political or tribal affiliations.
“Football is a uniting factor. It knows no political, social, tribal affiliation. Thank you and maama for your contribution towards sports,” Hon. Anita Among said.
Hon. Anita Among said that they have so many young people in the ghettoes who have talent and skill and they just need support to develop them.
FUFA President Hon. Moses Magogo, commended government for the continued support given to them that has seen their performance grow over the years.
“I take this opportunity to thank you so much for hosting us and hosting CAF President. Thank you for your support to football”. Eng. Moses Magogo said.
President Museveni and First Lady were thereafter given accolades and gifts in recognition of their contribution towards the sports sector.